CPO Christopher G. Campbell

CPO Christopher G. Campbell 1

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell – U.S. Navy

Hometown / City: Jacksonville, NC
Date of Death: Saturday, August 6, 2011
Conflict: Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Branch: U.S. Navy
Rank: Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist)
Unit: Naval Special Warfare Unit
Post / Base: East Coast

Birth: Sep. 16, 1974
Hawaii, USA
Death: Aug. 6, 2011
Vardak, Afghanistan

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C., was killed when insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan. He was a 1993 White Oak High School graduate. Chris may have been physically slight, but family and friends said the Navy SEAL was always ready to take on a challenge. His mother, Diane Campbell, told The Daily News of Jacksonville she remembered him and his older brother learning to ride a unicycle brought back from Okinawa as one example of her son’s determination. “If Chris thought he could, he would try,” she said. Former high school football coach Jack Baile remembered Campbell showing he was up to a test when he tried out for the team as a smallish junior at about 5 foot-7 and 140 pounds. “When kids come out for football for the first time, the first thing you’re worried about is, are they going to like to be hit, or want to be hit, and like to hit. That was not a problem with Chris. He had no fear with that,” Baile said. “I remember hearing for the first time when he had joined the SEALS, I thought that kind of fits Chris. He didn’t have a lot of fear of things and I think he always wanted to try to prove to somebody that he could do things. He was an adventurous type guy.” Campbell’s work frequently sent him on missions out of the country, and his family asked few questions when he showed up with a full beard or arrived for a visit that could only last three hours. In an email to his daughter Samantha sent days before the crash, he wrote that he was looking forward to coming home in November and celebrating her 15th birthday in January. Chris told his family that if he was killed in the line of duty, he wanted a request for donations in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project. The project helps wounded service members recover from their war injuries. He leaves behind his wife and partner in life’s adventures, Angelina; daughter, Samantha; parents, Larry and Diane; sister, Cindy; brother; sister-in-law; and niece, Le, Terri and Courtney. He is preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents who lived in Northern Mississippi. Other survivors include uncles, aunts and cousins.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60 Site 9929 CPO Christopher G. Campbell 2 CPO Christopher G. Campbell 3 CPO Christopher G. Campbell 4

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