Forrest B. Campbell

Date of Birth:  January 21, 1919


Place of Birth:  Manhattan, Kansas


Father and Mother’s Names:   Rolland G. and Rose A. (Lnu) Campbell


Date Entered Service:  October 22, 1941. Enlisted in Camp Blanding.  He was a student at the University of Florida at the time of his enlistment.


Service Branch:  Army Air Corps


Rank/Specialty:  Tech Sergeant


Service ID:  14064177


Division/Company/Unit info:  842nd Air Force, Base Unit.


Riley Connection:  Enumerated 1920 in Manhattan, Kansas and then in 1925 and 1930 in Blue Township (Pottawatomie County).  Forrest graduated from Manhattan High School in 1937.


Date of Death (and Age):  May 13, 1945 (age 26).  Death listed as NBR (Non-Battle Related).


Place of Death:  Geiger Air Field, Spokane, Washington.  Details of death TBD.


Awards:  American Defense Medal, ATO Ribbons, GC Medal and Army Air Force Citation of Honor.


Grave Location:  Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas.


Bio:  Forrest grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Manhattan High School.  He had a tall and slender build at  6'1" and 155 lbs.  After graduating from MHS he went to Florida to attend the University of Florida in Gainsville.  He worked as an auto mechanic to make ends meet.  He registered for the draft on October 16, 1941.  Instead of waiting for his name to be called he left school and enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 22, 1942. He started out as a private but was able to gain promotion to Tech Sergeant.  He is listed as having trained in Texas, Arizona and Washington and having served in Panama, Guatemala and the Galapagos Islands.  He was stationed at Geiger Air Field in Spokane, Washington when he was killed.  The cause of his death is not clear but is listed as non-battle related.





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