BORN: September 11, 1916 DIED: Oct. 19, 1973
A United States Marine Corps (USMC) Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot, Captain Campbell served in Marine Scout Bombing Squadron (VMSB-244), known as the "Bombing Banshees" in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He piloted 60 combat missions from December 1944 through September 1945, while taking part in the United States war effort known as "The Philippines Campaign" (1944-1945), which ultimately secured the liberation of the Philippines from Imperial Japanese occupation. For his service as a dive bomber pilot, Captain James E. Campbell USMC was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) medal. The DFC medal is awarded to members of the United States armed services for "Heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight."