George M. Campbell
|George Marvin Campbell|
January 7, 1907|
|Died||June 4, 1942
Pacific Ocean, near Midway Atoll
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1928–1942|
|Rank||Lieutenant, junior grade|
|Unit||Torpedo Squadron 8|
|Battles/wars||World War II
*Battle of Midway
In 1942 Campbell underwent flight training and was appointed Lieutenant, junior grade, on 2 April 1942. He joined Torpedo Squadron 8 on board the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) just in time to take part in the Battle of Midway. Piloting a Douglas TBD-1 Devastator torpedo bomber during the battle, Campbell took off with his squadron on 4 June 1942 to intercept the Japanese fleet, and without fighter cover attacked the enemy aircraft carriers against murderous opposition. Knowing full well that they had insufficient fuel to return to Hornet, the Torpedo Squadron 8 crews pressed their attack gallantly until all were shot down. Campbell was listed as presumed dead on 5 June 1942.
Campbell was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions at Midway.