RONALD S CAMPBELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 22W, LINE 63 OF THE WALL

RONALD STEVEN CAMPBELL

WALL NAME

RONALD S CAMPBELL

PANEL / LINE

22W/63

DATE OF BIRTH

03/10/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/17/1969

HOME OF RECORD

PORTLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

San Patricio County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RONALD STEVEN CAMPBELL
POSTED ON 5.19.2018
POSTED BY: Colonel T. M. "Skip" Curtis

Helicopter Crew Chief

LCpl Campbell was the bravest crew member aboard my CH-46A on that fateful day, June 11, 1969. He braved a wall of flame to rescue a passenger, PFC Dixon, saving his life by throwing Dixon from the burning helo just before we crashed.
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POSTED ON 9.21.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Thank You

Dear LCPL Ronald Campbell, Thank you for your service as an ACFT CNE Systems Technician (CH-46). Today is the last day of summer, and time has passed since this war. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.4.2016
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Ronald is buried at Palms Memorial Gardens, Portland,TX.
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POSTED ON 6.17.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCPL Ronald Steven Campbell, sir As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned. May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you. With respect, Sir Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 2.7.2015
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LCPL Ronald S. Campbell

Final Mission of LCPL Ronald S. Campbell
On June 11, 1969, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A (tail number 152529) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165 White Knights) was operating in a single-ship formation over Thua Thien Province (I Corps) when it was attacked by enemy forces. The aircraft’s mission was to deliver a spare main transmission which was strapped to the cargo deck in the back of the aircraft. The helicopter was flying at approximately 110 knots at 1500 feet mean sea level (MSL), having just leveled off from a descent of 3500 feet when it was hit on the right side by fire from a twin-mount .51 Chicom machine gun which took out both engines and set the rear portion of the aircraft afire. The helicopter crashed on the west side of the road near a bridge over Highway 1 about 8 miles north of Hue City. A passenger on the aircraft, a marine named PFC Dixon, was thrown out of the aircraft before the crash landing by crew chief LCPL Ronald S. Campbell at approximately 60 feet above ground because his clothes were engulfed in flames. He survived the fall and was later rescued. The pilot, 1LT Terry M. Curtis, survived the crash and was rescued in critical condition with a broken back, ruptured liver, and internal bleeding and near death, but was saved by a timely Dustoff to Camp Evans. Crew chief LCPL Campbell also survived the crash with a broken back, but succumbed to his injuries six days later when pneumonia set in his badly damage lungs. The gunner, PFC Thomas J. Riley, and the co-pilot, a civilian Boeing employee named Dave Pierce, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The twin-mount that brought down this aircraft was suspected in the shoot-down of a UH-1 helicopter flying at approximately the same altitude the late afternoon or evening before this incident. However, it was conveyed by a field grade officer to pilot 1LT Curtis while he was in the hospital that the mount and crew were destroyed the afternoon of June 11th. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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