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George Hallmark Campbell


George Hallmark Campbell passed away on July 18th after suffering a stroke several weeks before. Born in Pensacola to Thomas Benedict Campbell and Lelia Mae Hallmark Campbell in 1928, he graduated from Pensacola High School in 1946 and attended the University of Florida. At the outset of the Korean War he joined the Army, volunteering to serve as a paratrooper and was initially assigned to the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY.

From that assignment, he transferred to Fort Bragg and became one of the first Green Berets serving as a medical aidesman for the 77th Special Forces Group.

Campbell left the Special Forces to work on the Nike guided missile program. He ultimately merged his medical and technology interests and became one of the first Medical Service Corps warrant officers. After tours as the Medical Maintenance officer in Army hospitals in Colorado; Louisiana; and Munich, Germany, he served as the lone U.S. Army advisor to the Korean Army, working at their medical depot in Busan, Korea.

He retired from Army in 1976, moving to Dunedin, FL after more than 26 years of service. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4), and went to work as a medical maintenance officer at several hospitals in the Tampa Bay Area.

He and his first wife Audrey raised three daughters: Ann Campbell Cripps of Huntsville, AL; retired Navy Captain Lee Campbell Hansen of Pensacola, FL; and Captain Jane Campbell currently stationed in Norfolk, VA.

Audrey preceded him in death in 1998. He married Barbara Gray in 2000. They lived in Clearwater and were long time members of Faith United Church of Christ in Dunedin.

He is survived by Barbara, his three daughters, son-in-law, retired Navy Captain Butch Hansen, daughter-in-law, Heather McKee, Barbara's three children (Jane Schneider, Peter Gray, and Ian Gray) and their spouses, eleven grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Lelia Sorrells, Emily Bell, and Patricia Campbell, and numerous nieces and nephews.

On Saturday, July 26th a celebration of his life was held at Faith United Church of Christ and his ashes were interred at Curlew Hills Memorial Park in Dunedin. Full military honors were rendered.

Memorials can be made to Faith United Church of Christ - Dunedin (Pinehurst Rd) or in his honor to Doctors Without Borders, or the .

George's legacy: be adventurous, be bold, be curious, be generous, and love. The greatest of these is love.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal from July 29 to July 31, 2014
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