McCampbell, David Perry, CAPT

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

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1910
 
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Contact Info
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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Deployment - Mediterranean (MED) Cruise '51
From Month/Year
January / 1951
To Month/Year
December / 1951

Description
A Mediterranean Cruise is a ship's deployment from her home port, usually lasting between 5 and 8 months. Ships visit different ports such as Athens, Istanbul, Izmir, Naples, Livorno and Gibralter . The ships hosted foreign militaries, performed numerous underway replenishments-at-sea and conducted general quarters drills, fire drills and maritime patrols.
US Navy provides during these deployments provocative "freedom of navigation" operations, known as FONOPS, that send warships into the disputed areas around the world on any given year.
Any cruise is hazardous with sailors injured or killed during flight, refueling, ordnance, operations or weather; day or night. Foriegn military vessels threatening by fast approach to ramming. Often at times ships are endangered by low fly overs from hostile aircraft.

 
   
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From Month/Year
February / 1951
To Month/Year
May / 1951
 
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Jul 3, 2020
   
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