Kenneth O. Campion

NAME
Kenneth Oscar Campion
NICKNAME
Ken
MCSN
O-9312
HOME OF RECORD
Fountain City, WI
(native of Lyon County, MN)
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Kenneth Campion
DATE OF BIRTH
September 9, 1917
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
unknown
DATE OF LOSS
June 4, 1942
REGION
Central Pacific
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Midway
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
UNIT
VMSB-241
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 4 June 1942, Second Lieutenant Campion flew a Vought Vindicator (SB2U-3 #2076) in an attack on the Japanese battleship Haruna during the battle of Midway. He and his gunner, Private Anthony J. Maday, survived the bombing run, but gave chase to a Japanese fighter and disappeared into cloud cover. Neither Marine was seen again.
Lieutenant Campion’s remains were never found, and he was declared dead on 5 June 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Navy Cross, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not Recovered.
MEMORIALS
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Biography:
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Articles and Records:

2Lt. George Lumpkin described his part in the attack on Midway – and was probably the last American to see Ken Campion alive.

Photo Gallery:

Ken Campion and Anthony Maday, in Vindicator #3, take off on their last flight. Still from John Ford’s “The Battle of Midway.”

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