Michael Frances Campbell

B Company 1968




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Date Action: 26 April 1968
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For gallantry in action in the Republic of Vietnam on 26 April 1968. Private First Class Campbell distinguished himself while on a combat operation near Phu Bai, Republic of Vietnam. He was walking point man for the lead element when he noticed indications of the presence of the enemy on the trail and in the vegetation. Alerting his platoon leader of his discovery, Private First Class Campbell then silently made his way forward, and detected the enemy location. At this time, the enemy opened fire on the platoon. Although wounded in the initial contact, Private First Class Campbell laid down a vicious base of fire and after locating the enemy’s automatic weapons position, charged forward and silenced it with grenades. Private First Class Campbell was mortally wounded as he destroyed the enemy bunker, but his courage and quick thinking saved many lives in his company and destroyed the enemy’s surprise attack. Private First Class Campbell’s personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President of the United States under the provisions of an Act of Congress established 9 July 1918.