The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Tommie Joe Campbell, who died in the service of his country on July 3rd, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Multi-Frag. At the time of his death Tommie was 20 years of age. He was from Anderson, Indiana. Tommie is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 08E, Line 123.
The decorations earned by PFC Tommie Joe Campbell include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachute Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Tommie is buried in the Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery, Anderson,IN
His BSV Citation:
General Orders 90 HHC, 3rd Bde Task Force, 25th Division, 19 August 1966
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force. Private Campbell distinguished himself by heroic actions on July 3, 1966, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date Private Campbell was serving as the radio operator for a reaction force of his platoon which was moving to reinforce a part of another platoon already engaged with the enemy. As they approached the battle area the reaction force was brought under intense automatic weapons fire from a dug-in company of North Vietnamese soldiers. Seeing an enemy bunker which was bringing particularly intensive fire upon his comrades, Private Campbell aggressively charged the position in an effort to destroy it. In this act of great personal courage Private Campbell lost his life to enemy automatic weapons fire. This outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.