Jack W. Campbell Jr.

Campbell, Jack W., Captain, First Marine Aircraft Wing Fleet Marine Force, United States Marine Corps, is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy in Korea. On 26 March 1953, Captain Campbell led a flight of Marine jet fighter bombers against heavily defended enemy bunker and mortar positions from which serious damage was being inflicted on friendly front line forces. Promptly locating the skillfully camouflaged objectives in the mountainous terrain, he initiated an individual bombing assault to mark the target for the remainder of his division. Diving through an intense barrage of defensive fire, though forced to exercise extreme caution due to the close proximity of friendly troops, he scored direct bomb hits on two active mortars causing heavy enemy casualties. He then led and directed his flight in an assault that completely demolished the now clearly defined hostile positions. Captain Campbells exceptional accuracy in delivering his own attacks and exemplary leadership in organizing and directing the flight were largely responsible for the success of a mission that relieved a heavy pressure on United Nations forces. His courageous conduct, outstanding professional skill and steadfast devotion to duty throughout reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.