McCampbell, David Perry, CAPT

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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1962-1964, Joint Air Defense Command
Service Years
1933 - 1964

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Home Town
Bessemer, AL
Last Address
Riviera Beach, FL

Date of Passing
Jun 30, 1996
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
60 3150
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Captain McCampbell passed away in Florida after a lengthy illness.

McCampbell is the United States Navy's all-time leading flying ace and top F6F Hellcat ace with 34 aerial victories. He was the third-highest American scoring ace of World War II and the highest-scoring American ace to survive the war. He also set a world single mission aerial combat record of shooting down nine enemy planes in one mission, on October 24, 1944, at the beginning of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Philippines.
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  • Commander of the "Fabled Fifteen" Nickname given to Commander Air Group 15 during WWII, due to, during 20,000 hours of combat operations, destroying more aircraft(318 airborne / 348 on the ground) and sinking of more enemy ships than any other Air Group of the war.

  • Most aerial victories by an American Pilot on one combat tour, with 34.

  • Navy's all-time leading "Ace" with 34 aerial victories.

  • 19 June 44, during the "Marianas Turkey Shoot" scored 7 aerial victories to become an "Ace in a Day"

  • 24 October 44, repeated the feat with 9 aerial victories. The only American to become an "Ace in a Day" twice.

  • Only Fast Carrier Task Force Pilot to be honored with the Medal Of Honor.

  • Namesake of the USS McCampbell(DDG-85)

  • Namesake of the terminal at the Palm Beach International Airport.

  • NOTE: Click Medals/Ribbons to "display as table". Each individual award write-up can be read by selecting the award. Scans of the awards also in the Photo Gallery.

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  1954-1958, Naval Air Test Center (NATC) PAX, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)


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Naval Air Test Center (NATC) PAX, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)

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Naval Air Test Center (NATC) PAX

Bellew, Michael F.X., CDR, (1942-1969) OFF 310X Commander
Hayward, Thomas B., ADM, (1943-1982) OFF 131X Lieutenant
LEONARD, EDWARD, PO3, (1957-1963) OFF 121X Petty Officer Third Class
Earnest, Albert, CAPT, (1941-1972) Captain
Engen, Donald, VADM, (1942-1978) Commander
Hoover, Don, SCPO, (1951-1970) AT AT-6611 Petty Officer First Class
FARREL, BILL, PO2, (1956-1960) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Merz, Charles, PO1, (1955-1976) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Byers, Donald, PO3, (1952-1956) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
CALIGER, ARLINE, CPO, (1957-1989) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Grady, James C., PO3, (1954-1957) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Keane, John, S1c, (1957-1960) PR PR-0000 Seaman
Keane, John, S1c, (1957-1960) PR PR-0000 Seaman
Paul, Duane, CPO, (1958-1988) Airman
Duke, Bernard, AR, (1957-1960) AK AK-0000 Airman Recruit
Lovell, James/Jim, CAPT, (1952-1973) Ensign

Nelson, Jay, MCPO, (1955-1978) Petty Officer Third Class
Cull, Barney A., SN, (1950-1959) Special Agent
Airborne Early Warning Training Unit Atlantic (AEWTULANT)

Long, Earnest, (1957-1963) ACW ACW-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Harmon, David, SCPO, (1940-1962) Chief Petty Officer
NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)

NANCE, James, RADM, (1940-1979) Lieutenant Commander
Shepard, Alan B., RADM, (1944-1974) 00 00E Lieutenant Commander
Hays, Ronald, ADM, (1950-1988) Lieutenant
Hall, Charles, CPO, (1953-1974) AD AD-8319 Chief Petty Officer
Henderson, Raymon, CPO, (1941-1961) AD AD-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Prorok, Terry, CPO, (1958-1985) AC AC-6904 Chief Petty Officer
Holly, James, PO1, (1957-1980) AD AD-8251 Petty Officer First Class
Turner, Charles, PO1, (1957-1977) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Collins, Patrick B., SCPO, (1951-1970) EN EN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hartik, Lorraine, CDR, (1954-1984) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kreider, Harlan, PO2, (1953-1957) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Murphy, John, PO2, (1950-1954) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Walton, Larry, PO2, (1957-1960) AT Petty Officer Second Class
Williams, Alton, LT, (1952-1973) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Arcuri, Jr., Frank, PO3, (1956-1960) AD ADR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Donovan, Robert, PO3, (1952-1956) AD AD-8257 Petty Officer Third Class
Frimodig, John, PO2, (1952-1956) ATR ATR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Saldeen, Marvin, PO3, (1957-1961) Petty Officer Third Class
Brice, George, CPO, (1958-1976) LI LI-0000 Seaman
Manning, Carroll, SN, (1956-1962) PN PN-0000 Seaman
Sharland, Joseph, PO3, (1958-1962) SN SN-9720 Seaman
Bellinger, Lewis, CPO, (1958-1977) Airman
Garner, Richard, MCPO, (1955-1978) Airman
Kargas, Peter, AN, (1955-1959) AK AK-0000 Airman
Varas, John, AN, (1955-1959) AD ADJ-0000 Airman
La Londe, Jean, PO3, (1957-1962) Airman Apprentice
Thurston, Donald, AN, (1958-1962) AQ AQ-8325 Airman Apprentice
Baldwin, Robert Bemus, VADM, (1944-1980) Lieutenant
Carpenter, Malcolm Scott, CDR, (1943-1969) Lieutenant
MITCHELL, John, CAPT, (1947-1978) Lieutenant
Eggleston, Glenn, PO3, (1957-1961) Airman
Janeke, Peter, PO3, (1958-1964) Airman
Smith, Raymond L., PO3, (1955-1959) Fireman Apprentice

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