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David McCampbell



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  January 16, 1910 at Bessemer, AL

Entered Service in the US Navy from West Palm Beach, FL

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on June 19 & October 24 & 25, 1944 at Philippine Sea & Leyte Gulf

DIED:  June 30, 1996 at the age of 86

Commander McCampbell was C.O. of Air Group 15, during combat against enemy Japanese aerial forces in the first and second battles of the Philippine Sea. An inspiring leader, fighting boldly in the face of terrific odds, he led his fighter planes against a force of 80 Japanese carrier-based aircraft bearing down on our fleet. Striking fiercely in valiant defense of our surface force, he personally destroyed seven hostile planes during this single engagement in which the outnumbering attack force was utterly routed and virtually annihilated. During a major fleet engagement with the enemy on October 24, Commander McCampbell, assisted by but one other Allied plane, intercepted and daringly attacked a formation of 60 hostile land-based craft approaching our forces. Fighting desperately but with superb skill against such overwhelming airpower, he shot down nine Japanese planes and, completely disorganizing the enemy group, forced the remainder to abandon the attack before a single aircraft could reach the fleet.



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