President of the United States
Distinguished Service Cross
Keith A Campbell
Rank and Unit: Specialist Four,
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd
Date and Place: 8 February
1967, Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with
military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of
Four Campbell distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 8 February
1967 while serving with elements of the 503d Infantry assaulting a Viet Cong bunker
complex. During the initial engagement, the lead company had suffered numerous
casualties, including the medical personnel. Specialist Campbell volunteered to assist
in treating the wounded, and dauntlessly moved up to the front line. Exposing himself
to the intense hostile fire, he began to administer aid to the wounded soldiers.
Discovering that one casualty lay fifty meters in front of the friendly lines and next
to an insurgent bunker, Specialist Campbell called for covering fire as he maneuvered
forward. Disregarding the extreme dangers, he fearlessly ran through a hail of bullets
and exploding grenades, but was forced to take cover behind a low mound of dirt. From
this position, he killed a Viet Cong sniper who was firing on him from a tree.
Undeterred from his mission, Specialist Campbell then crawled the last twenty meters
to the stricken man. Dragging the soldier to the cover of a nearby tree, he started to
administer first aid. As he fearlessly protected the man from further hostile fire,
Specialist Campbell was mortally wounded. His unimpeachable valor and selfless
sacrifice against insurmountable odds succeeded in saving a fellow soldier's life.
Specialist Four Campbell's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of
his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and
reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.