Campbell, Kendall Carl, ENS

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Last Rank
Ensign
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1942, 131X, VT-5 Tigers
Service Years
1940 - 1942
Ensign
Ensign

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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lamar, CO
Last Address
37 Paseo
Lamar, CO

Casualty Date
May 08, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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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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Naval Aviator Wings

 
 Duty Stations
USS Yorktown (CV-5)VT-5 Tigers
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1941-1942, 131X, VT-5 Tigers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
 Colleges Attended 
Davidson College
  1935-1939, Davidson College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  May 14, 2013, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Kendall Carl Campbell, born 25 July 1917 in Garden City, Kans., after enlisting in the Naval Reserve 28 October 1940, reported to the Naval Reserve Aviation Base in Kansas City for flight training 15 November. Appointed Aviation Cadet 1 February 1941, he became an Ensign 19 August. He was assigned to carrier combat squadrons, courageously engaging the enemy in the early actions.

During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Ens. Campbell "with disregard of personal safety contributed materially to the sinking or damaging of eight enemy vessels in Tulagi Harbor on 4 May and to the sinking of the enemy aircraft carrier Shoho 1 May." He lost his life in this action and was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

He was also awarded the Gold Star in lieu of the Second Navy Cross for service in New Guinea. "On 10 March 1942, in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire Ensign Campbell... by his superb airmanship and outstanding courage contributed to the destruction of three enemy ships and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross X 2
Year Awarded
1942
Details behind Award #1:
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 Ensign Kendall Carl Campbell (NSN: 0-99660), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FIVE (VS-5), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces near Salamaua and Lae, New Guinea, on 10 March 1942. Ensign Campbell pressed home, in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, a vigorous and determined dive bombing attack on enemy ships, making a direct hit on one hostile vessel. By his superb airmanship and outstanding courage he contributed to the destruction of the three enemy ships and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Action Date: March 10, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Company: Scouting Squadron 5 (VS-5)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)

Details behind Award #2:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Kendall Carl Campbell (NSN: 0-99660), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FIVE (VS-5), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Tulagi Harbor on 4 May 1942, and in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. These attacks, vigorously and persistently pressed home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, and on 8 May opposed also by enemy fighters, resulted in the sinking or damaging of at least eight enemy Japanese vessels at Tulagi and the sinking of one carrier and the sinking or severe damaging of another in the Coral Sea. Ensign Campbell's conscientious devotion to duty and gallant self-command against formidable odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: May 4, 7 & 8, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Company: Scouting Squadron 5 (VS-5)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)
   
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