ROBERT K. (SOUPY) CAMPBELL, CDR., USN (RET) CDR. Campbell was born on August 18, 1917 in Mildred, KS and passed away at his home in Durham, CA on September 8, 2018 at the age of 101. Following high school, he left Kansas to enlist in the United States Navy. CDR. Bob Campbell had a naval career that any aviator would envy. He flew bi-planes, carrier based prop planes, multi-engine, sea planes, jet and helicopter aircraft. He accumulated 3586 mishap free hours. He had no bail outs, never ditched or ejected. CDR. Campbell successfully made 166 Aircraft Carrier Landings on 5 different Straight Deck Carriers. He retired from the US Navy in 1962. After his Navy career, CDR. Campbell worked for several large companies in corporate security and personnel management. He later sold real estate in the Bay Area. In May of 1967, Bob married Elizabeth and in 1971 they settled near Chico, CA. They enjoyed golf, skiing and traveling over the years. Bob graduated with a Business degree from Chico State in 1973. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth of Durham; his children: Leslie, Lynn and Daniel Campbell and 1 grandson, Quinn Campbell. CDR. Campbell was the last known living American Carrier Pilot of the Battle of Midway. He is a Naval Aviation Treasure as well as a National Treasure. His words to live by are: May I deal with honor May I act with integrity May I achieve humility
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sep. 16, 2018.