SP4 Keith Allen Campbell

  • Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: Arlington, VA
  • Date of Birth: 03-03-1946
  • Date of Death: 02-08-1967
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Unit: HHC 1/503 173rd Abn Bde
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  • Please see Keith's website for his tribute, which includes the video "Combat Medic Spirit of Courage; renaming of the Ft. Sam Houston Library to the KEITH A CAMPBELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY; powerpoint presentation of my trip to Vietnam to exact site where Keith knowingly and willingly gave his life to save others and powerpoint, "A Sister Remembers":

    Judy Campbell, Sibling
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    Sp/4 Keith Allen Campbell, Distinguished Service Cross recipient, knowingly and willingly, gave his life, fifty years ago, on February 8, 1967, in service to our Country. In Keith's 20 years on this earth he accomplished more then many do in a lifetime. He was much more than my brother, he was your brother and THE EPITOME OF INSPIRATION. At a young age Mom had scrimped and saved to buy him a beautiful sweater for Christmas. He never wore it, instead one of his classmates entered our home one day where Mom later asked, "why did you give your sweater to your friend?" Keith's reply, "Mom, he doesn't have any sweaters so I wanted him to have a new one." Just like the man, on February 8, 1967, he left the safety of his unit to go to the aid of a wounded soldier. There were many failed attempts by another unit to reach this soldier. Nobody would have faulted Keith if he had not gone. The wounded soldier was being used as bait by the enemy. The ferocity of this firefight was so intense it lasted 8 hours. Keith provided not only life saving medical treatment, he then knowingly and willingly, shielded his patient with his own body. Sp/4 Keith Allen Campbell's lifeless body laid on his patient for another five hours until they were both recovered. There is no greater love than to give your life to save another. What is more inspiring about Keith is that there has NEVER been one SINGLE person to utter an unkind word about him, NOT ONE. Not only did he touch the lives of all that knew him, HE CONTINUES TO TOUCH LIVES, especially the lives of all the Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and their families that utilize the KEITH A CAMPBELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY on a daily basis. In remembrance of the life of Sp/4 Keith Allen Campbell, Combat Medic, 82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION, 11th SPECIAL FORCES & 173rd AIRBORNE BRIGADE (SEP), we honor you. Keith, gone, but never forgotten!

    Judy Campbell, Sister