Campbell, George Marvin, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-8)
Service Years
1928 - 1942
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Diego, CA
Last Address
3116-60 Suncrest Dr
San Diego, CA

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2012, World War II Fallen
  2013, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
NAS PensacolaVT-8USS Hornet (CV-8)
  1937-1941, AM-0000, NAS Pensacola
  1941-1942, 131X, VT-8
  1942-1942, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-8)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 04, 1942, Report Missing In Action
  Jun 05, 1943, Declared Dead
  Nov 19, 2015, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
George Marvin Campbell, born 7 January 1907 in Madras, Oreg., enlisted in the Navy 27 June 1928 and rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 1939. In 1939 he underwent flight training and was appointed Lieutenant (j.g.) 2 April 1942. Campbell joined Torpedo Squadron 8 on board famous carrier Hornet just in time to take part in the historic Battle of Midway. With his squadron Campbell took off 4 June to intercept the Japanese fleet, and without fighter cover attacked the enemy dispositions against murderous opposition. Knowing full well that they had insufficient fuel to return to the carrier, the torpedo planes pressed the attack gallantly until all were shot down. Lt. (j.g.) Campbell was presumed dead 5 June 1942 and was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions.

Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade George Marvin Campbell (NSN: 0-136949), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), attached to the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1943 Grimly aware of the hazardous consequences of flying without fighter protection, and with insufficient fuel to return to his carrier, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Campbell, resolutely, and with no thought of his own life, delivered an effective torpedo attached against violent assaults of enemy Japanese aircraft and against an almost solid barrage of anti-aircraft fire. His courageous action, carried out with a gallant spirit of self-sacrifice and a conscientious devotion to the fulfillment of his mission, was a determining factor in the defeat of the enemy forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: 4-Jun-43
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8)
Division: U.S.S. Hornet (CV-8)

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