James Campbell

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James M. Campbell, Colonel, USAF, Retired, died on September 13, 2013. He was a life long resident of San Antonio. He graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1940. Mr. Campbell enlisted in the Army Air Corps immediately after Pearl Harbor. He was commissioned and rated as a pilot in June of 1943. In World War II he participated in the first B-29 attacks against Japan from bases in China. During the Korean War, he was again assigned to combat duty in B-29s and flew over thirty missions against North Korean targets flying from bases in Japan. During the Vietnam conflict he was assigned to an Airborne Command and Control unit and served as a Director of the Airborne Battle Staff ordering strikes against North Vietnamese targets. Most of Colonel Campbell's Air Force career was spent in the Strategic Air Command. He served in aircrew, staff and command positions in B-29, B-47 and B-58 units. He was assigned to the Joint Strategic Target Planning staff at SAC Headquarters with duties in various phases of war planning. He served in the Pentagon on the Air Staff in Strategic Operations. After his service in Southeast Asia he was again assigned to the Pentagon serving in the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Strategic Operations. He was a graduate of the Air War College. For his military service Col. Campbell received awards of the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. After his military retirement, Col. Campbell earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees from St. Mary's University. In 1979 he resumed his flying career. He was employed by Doss Aviation, a private contracting firm that managed the USAF Flight Screening program at Hondo. He served as general manager of this program. He maintained a business association with Doss Aviation until his death. Col. Campbell accrued 16,000 hours in USAF aircraft, 10,000 hours as an active duty pilot and 6,000 hours as a contract pilot flying military aircraft. Col. Campbell is survived by his beloved wife, Irene, of 64 years. He had two children to whom he was deeply devoted and whose character and accomplishments he admired greatly. His son, James M. Campbell, Jr., M.D., resides in College Station, Texas with his wife Lisa. His daughter, Shirley Wood, lives in San Antonio with her husband Kimon. He is also survived by his 5 grandchildren, Nicholas Wood (wife Sarah), Jessica Campbell (fiancé Jon Boben), Allison Campbell, Alexandra Wood and Tyler Campbell, and his 2 great-grandchildren, Adalynn Wood and Charles James Wood, who provided him with endless delight.

12:30 P.M.

Rev. Don Ofsdahl will officiate. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 12562 Silicon Dr. Ste. 105, San Antonio TX 78249.

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Published in Express-News on Sept. 16, 2013
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