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RM1 William John Thomas Campbell

Death 13 Nov 1942
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56751294 · View Source
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William served as a Radioman First Class, U.S.S. Atlanta (CL-51), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Kings County, New York prior to the war.

Willliam was declared "Missing In Action" in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal during the war.

The Atlanta was first hit in the forward engine room by a torpedo, fired by either the Japanese ship Inazuma or Ikazuchand, and lost all but auxiliary diesel power.

The Atlanta was then hit by an estimated nineteen 8-inch (200 mm) shells which the U.S.S. San Francisco, unknowingly during the confusion, fired into her.

The Atlanta's Captain, Samuel P. Jenkins, due to the ship being severely damaged beyond repair, ordered that the Atlanta be abandoned and sunk with a demolition charge.

William was awarded the Purple Heart.

Husband of Anna L. Campbell who resided in Brooklyn, New York.

Service # 2578852

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )




  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56751294
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for RM1 William John Thomas Campbell (unknown–13 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56751294, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .