Campbell, Keith Allen, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
91B10-Combat Medic
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 91B10, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)/HHC
Service Years
1963 - 1967
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Specialist 4


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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1946
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT Samuel Vaughan Wilson III to remember Campbell, Keith Allen (Doc Campbell), SP 4.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Arlington
Last Address
Arlington

Casualty Date
Feb 08, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15E 008

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 Military Association Memberships
82nd Airborne Division AssociationVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2008, 82nd Airborne Division Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Medical 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
82nd Airborne Division11th Special Forces Group173rd Airborne Brigade 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
  1964-1966, 91B10, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1966-1967, 91B10, 11th Special Forces Group
  1967-1967, 91B10, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  1967-1967, 91B10, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)/HHC
 Colleges Attended 
George Mason University
  1966-1967, George Mason University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Dedication of library at Ft. Sam Houston1
  sister at grave2
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Last Known Activity

We welcome Keith's wide circle of friends from home and afar gathered here, who found so much inspiration in his life, so much warmth in his friendship, so much pain in his loss.


Specialist Campbell entered the service in 1963 to fulfill his dream of becoming an Army Doctor. In 1964, he attended airborne training at Fort Benning Georgia, and then graduated from US Army Medical Training Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Specialist Campbell was assigned to the 82nd Airborne and deployed to the Dominican Republic in 1965 where he earned his first award of the Combat Medical Badge.


Specialist Campbell was honorably discharged in 1966 and attended College and served in the US Army Reserve as a Medic with the 11th Special Forces. In 1967, he reenlisted and requested duty in Vietnam where he said his "medic skills" were needed. Specialist Campbell was assigned to HHC, 1st BN(ABN), 503D INFANTRY. Only five days after his arrival  in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for valor for heroism.


Only a few days later, on that tragic February day, over 39 years ago, a terrible  moment was frozen in the lives of many of us here.  Specialist Campbell would make the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow soldiers by giving his life for those he dedicated himself to save.


Today, we celebrate his bravery, his heroism and his life so that he will never be forgotten. It is important to not that Keith's family along with the steadfast support of many of his former commanders are pursing the upgrade of the Distinguished Service Cross to the Congressional Medal of Honor.  WE ANXIOUSLY AWAIT THE DECISION BY OUR WASHINGTON LEADERSHIP.


   
Comments/Citation
By Direction of the President of the United States
The Distinguished Service Cross
 Is Awarded To
  Keith A. Campbell
(Posthumously)

Rank and Unit: Specialist Four, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Date and Place: 8 February 1967, Republic of Vietnam

Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Specialist Four Campbell distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 8 February 1967 while serving with elements of the 503d Infantry assaulting a Viet Cong bunker complex.

During the initial engagement, the lead company had suffered numerous casualties, including the medical personnel. Specialist Campbell volunteered to assist in treating the wounded, and dauntlessly moved up to the front line. Exposing himself to the intense hostile fire, he began to administer aid to the wounded soldiers. Discovering that one casualty lay fifty meters in front of the friendly lines and next to an insurgent bunker, Specialist Campbell called for covering fire as he maneuvered forward.

Disregarding the extreme dangers, he fearlessly ran through a hail of bullets and exploding grenades, but was forced to take cover behind a low mound of dirt. From this position, he killed a Viet Cong sniper who was firing on him from a tree.

Undeterred from his mission, Specialist Campbell then crawled the last twenty meters to the stricken man. Dragging the soldier to the cover of a nearby tree, he started to administer first aid. As he fearlessly protected the man from further hostile fire, Specialist Campbell was mortally wounded.

His unimpeachable valor and selfless sacrifice against insurmountable odds succeeded in saving a fellow soldier's life. Specialist Four Campbell's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


   
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