Charles C. Campbell (general)

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Charles Christopher Campbell
Charles C Campbell.jpg
General Campbell
Nickname(s) Hondo
Born (1948-08-24)August 24, 1948
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Died February 8, 2016(2016-02-08) (aged 67)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1970–2010
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held U.S. Army Forces Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Bronze Star Medal
Spouse(s) Betty Dianne Campbell

Charles Christopher Campbell, known as Hondo Campbell (August 24, 1948 – February 8, 2016), was the 17th Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). He previously served as FORSCOM’s Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff from April 26, 2006 to January 8, 2007. He assumed the commanding general assignment January 9, 2007, and completed it on June 3, 2010.

Early life and education[edit]

Campbell was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, where his brother, James H. Campbell, III, is an attorney.[1] He earned his commission through ROTC at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. His initial assignment was as an instructor at the Infantry Training Command (provisional), United States Army Training Center Infantry in Fort Ord, California.


After Special Forces training, Campbell went on to teach tactics at Forces Armeé National Khmere Training Command, Army Advisory Group, Phouc Tuy Training Battalion, United States Army, Vietnam. He subsequently served as an A-Detachment Executive Officer and Commander in Vietnam. His succeeding commands include a Combat Support Company in the 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; an armor battalion in the 3d Armored Division - 2/67AR, United States Army Europe and a heavy brigade in the 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth Army, South Korea. He was also the Commanding General of the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado and the Commanding General, Eighth Army, South Korea.

Campbell's many staff assignments include service as Operations Officer, 3–63 Armor, Augsburg, Germany; Chief, Exercise Branch, 3d Infantry Division, Wuerzburg, Germany; Plans and Operations Officer, Combined Field Army, Republic of Korea; Senior Task Force Observer/Controller and later Deputy Commander, Operations Group, Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany; Chief of Staff, 2d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Eighth Army, South Korea; Assistant Division Commander, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Chief of Staff, I Corps and Fort Lewis, Fort Lewis, Washington; Deputy Commanding General, Third Army, Fort McPherson, Georgia; Chief of Staff, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Chief of Staff, United States Central Command; and Chief of Staff, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea.

Campbell received a Master of Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He attended a wide variety of military schools, including the School of Advanced Military Studies in 1986, as well as the Army War College in 1991. He retired from the Army on June 3, 2010. At the time of his retirement, he was the last active general officer who served in the Vietnam War.[2]

Campbell died early in 2016 at the age of sixty-seven in Shreveport, where he returned after retiring from the military to live with his wife, Betty Dianne Campbell.[3][4]

Military awards and decorations[edit]

His military awards and decorations include:

Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Silver oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal
SpecialForcesTabMetal.jpg Special Forces Tab
US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif Basic Parachutist Badge

See also[edit]


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