David Perry McCampbell

David Perry McCampbell

Birth
Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Death 30 Jun 1996 (aged 86)
Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Lot 3150
Memorial ID 7837395 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. McCampbell served as a Commander, United States Navy, Air Group 15. He was awarded his medal for service during the first and second battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf, on June 19, 1944, and October 24-25, 1944. Commander McCampbell also received the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Gold Stars, and an Air Medal. His citation reads-For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commander, Air Group 15, during combat against enemy Japanese aerial forces in the first and second battles of the Philippine Sea. An inspiring leader, fighting boldly in the face of terrific odds, Comdr. McCampbell led his fighter planes against a force of 80 Japanese carrier-based aircraft bearing down on our fleet on 19 June 1944. Striking fiercely in valiant defense of our surface force, he personally destroyed 7 hostile planes during this single engagement in which the outnumbering attack force was utterly routed and virtually annihilated. During a major fleet engagement with the enemy on 24 October, Comdr. McCampbell, assisted by but l plane, intercepted and daringly attacked a formation of 60 hostile land-based craft approaching our forces. Fighting desperately but with superb skill against such overwhelming airpower, he shot down 9 Japanese planes and, completely disorganizing the enemy group, forced the remainder to abandon the attack before a single aircraft could reach the fleet. His great personal valor and indomitable spirit of aggression under extremely perilous combat conditions reflect the highest credit upon Comdr. McCampbell and the U.S. Naval Service.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Perry McCampbell (16 Jan 1910–30 Jun 1996), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7837395, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .