|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1944|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 1965|
Tan An, Vietnam
PVT Jerry Ray Campbell, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Graham, North Carolina.
Private Jerry Ray Campbell was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, PVT Campbell served our country until June 28th, 1965 in South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was married.It was reported that Jerry was accidentally killed while on patrol. His body was recovered. PVT Campbell is on panel 02E, line 021 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.
High School Friend and 'B,' Co., buddy. You will, Always be Remembered. I knelt between you and Mike and thanked you and your squad for saving my hide on that last mission in War Zone 'D.' You guys both laughed and teased me as you always did and said, 'No Sweat' man. I was the real kid and you guys looked out for me when you could. You asked me to grab something for Mike, I moved and turned and in a few seconds you were both Gone! But for your simple request all three of us would be on the long granite wall together. You guys are always special because you were my friends and personal heroes and I knew a lot of heroes. Just Jimmy.
Campbell, Jerry Ray, Private, U.S. Army, was accidentally shot and killed on June 28, 1965 while on a combat mission in Vietnam when a companion's gun discharged firing 2 shots. Pvt. Campbell, age 20, was the son of William T. Campbell of Siler City and the late Mrs. Mildred Johnson Campbell. He was a native of the Matthews Township of Chatham County, but lived in Graham until 1963 when he joined the service after Graduation from Graham High School. Pvt Campbell had been in Vietnam for 2 months at the time of his death while serving with the 173rd Airborne Infantry Battalion. Survivors other than his father include his wife, Marie Caulder Campbell of Elon College, 3 brothers, and 1 half-sister. A brother, Pete Campbell, is currently serving with the U.S. Army in Texas. The funeral will be held at Deep Creek Baptist Church at a later date to be determined. Source: Times-News June 29, 1965.
He is the Son of Mr and Mrs William Thomas Campbell, Siler City, North Carolina.
He proudly served with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, "The Rock", 173rd Airborne Brigade, USARV.
He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
Pine Hill Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Legion, Space # 395
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 11, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17391977
Added: Feb. 23, 2009
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."|
Added: Nov. 18, 2008
US Combat Veteran, Vietnam|
Added: Jan. 15, 2007