President of the United States
Distinguished Service Cross
Darrell W. Campbell
Rank and Organization:
Specialist Four, HHC, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Date and Place: 13 February 1968, Republic of Vietnam
For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving
conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four
Campbell distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 13 February 1968 as a
medic attached to A Company 1st Battalion 5th Cavalry at a forward operations base in
Quang Tri Province.
The base came under intense fire from a North Vietnamese
Army unit employing small arms, grenades, rockets and satchel charges. In the
initial minutes of the attack several men were wounded. Hearing their cries for
help, Specialist Campbell rushed from his foxhole to administer medical aid. As he
was moving an injured soldier to a protected area, he was wounded in both legs and the
face by an exploding charge. Partially blinded and in intense pain from his wounds,
Specialist Campbell nevertheless continued to treat his comrades. He went from
position to position through the fierce barrage, dragging the more seriously injured to
cover in the center of the camp's perimeter. Only after all other casualties had
been evacuated, did he allow himself to be removed from the battle area.
Specialist Four Campbell's extraordinary heroism and
devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and
reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.