William Nelson Campbell – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

William Nelson Campbell, Captain, United States Navy (Ret.) ofVirginia Beach, Virginia, 69, died November 20, 1999, surrounded by his family. He was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, the son of the late Dr. James M. and Martha L. Campbell.

Captain Campbell graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1953. He had a distinguished career which included tours as Assistant U.S. Naval Attache to Finland, as a student at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, as CO of the USS O'Brien, as U.S. Naval Attache to West Germany, and as Deputy Commander of the Naval Intelligence Command.

Bill received numerous awards, among them, the Legion of  Merit, the Bronze Star (with gold star and combat ”V”), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (two), and the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Following his retirement from the Navy, Bill enjoyed a 12 year corporate career with Computer Sciences Corporation, Inc.

Capain Campbell was a loving and devoted husband and father. He will be remembered for his wonderful humor and graciousness. Captain Campbell is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lillian C. Campbell of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and his five children, Dr. Karen Campbell, Rev. Heidi Campbell-Robinson, Kaia Jessup, Bill Campbell, Jr. and Karla Campbell.

A memorial service and burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, December 15, 1 p.m. Contributions are welcome to the USNA Alumni Association, 247 King George St., Annapolis, Maryland 21402, designated for ”William Campbell Memorial.”


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