Campeau, Francis, AE3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
AE-0000-Aviation Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1967-1967, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
Service Years
1965 - 1967
AE-Aviation Electrician's Mate

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bergenfield, New Jersey
Last Address
Bergenfield, New Jersey

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1967
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Other Cause
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 017

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2017, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red RippersUSS Forrestal (CV-59)
  1966-1967, AE-0000, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
  1967-1967, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/USS Forrestal (CVA-59) Fire
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 30, 2012, General Photos3
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Last Known Activity

From New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
Francis Campeau 
was born on May 28, 1945, to Frank and Mary Campeau. His home of record is Bergenfield, NJ. He had one sister, Lori, and one brother, Don. He graduated from Bergenfield High School in 1963. Campeau loved to swim. He taught swimming for the local Police Athletic League and the YMCA in Hackensack.

Campeau entered the US Navy where he attained the rank of Aviation Electronic Mate Third Class (AE3).

Francis Campeau was among the 134 USS Forrestal (CVA 59) crewmembers and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen squadron personnel to be killed in the tragic fire aboard the USS Forrestal, 60 miles off the coast of North Vietnam on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin, South China Sea.

Campeau is listed as killed in action on July 29, 1967 when the ship he was on in the Gulf of Tonkin experienced an explosion. Campeau perished in the blaze.

The town of Bergenfield has named Campeau Place in his honor.

USS FORRESTAL arrived on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin on 25 July 1967 and immediately began combat operations. The first four days were routine; the fifth day, 29 July, was not. 

At 10:52 AM a 5-inch Zuni rocket accidentally fired across the crowded flight deck, impacting an armed A-4 Skyhawk. The resulting explosions and fires raged for 13 hours and more, killing 135 crewmen with hundreds more injured.

Some of Fighter Squadron 11's berthing spaces were located immediately below the area of the flight deck first involved, and many off-duty men from VF-11 died in those compartments. The squadron lost a total of 48 men.

More information and a list of the dead are on The Virtual Wall's 
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