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Joseph Campbell '43

Date of birth: October 21, 1919

Date of death: May 29, 1952

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Joseph was lost on May 29, 1952 when his jet trainer crashed at Patuxent Naval Air Station.

From the Richmond Times Dispatch on May 31, 1952:

The Navy reported yesterday that Lieutenant Commander Joseph M. Campbell, whose family lives in Richmond, was killed late Thursday in the crash of a jet trainer.

The accident happened at Patuxent Naval Air Station, Md., while Campbell was practicing landings. No cause was given for the crash. A board of officers was assigned to investigate it.

Base officers said Campbell was making “touch-and-go” landings when the plane suddenly dipped and plunged into a small lake on the base.

The pilot, who lived on the base with his wife and two children, was a veteran of World War II. He held two presidential citations and theater ribbons from the European and Asiatic and Pacific areas.

He had served as a ship’s officer aboard the USS Essex and USS Ranger and later as an aide to Admiral D. T. Duncan in the Hawaiian area.

Campbell’s mother, Mrs. Dorothy Mitchell; a brother, Richard, and two sisters, Mrs. Harry O. Hazell and Mrs. Sterling M. Murray, live in Richmond. He is also survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Miles Campbell, and two children.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Class of 1943

Joseph is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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