North High School Wall of Honor
David E. Campbell
Class of August, 1964
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
David E. Campbell
Dave graduated in the North High class of August, 1964. Enlisted where? At the time of his enlistment, his next of kin was John S. Campbell, 713 Oak Park Avenue, Des Moines, IA. His service number is __________.
David E. Campbell
Year   Rank   Status
Aug, 1964   x   Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
June, 1964   Enlisted   Enlisted in U.S. Navy in Des Moines, IA.
date x US Navy/
Radioman E5, 2ndC
x Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL
date x Stationed x USS Lake Champlain (CV-39). Aircraft carrier (In the late 1950's, it was redesignated as an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). She was the prime recovery ship for the first manned Mercury and for the third manned Gemini (Gemini V) space missions.
date x Stationed x Quonset Point, RI. Then Med cruise
1964 x Enroute x USS Barry (DD-933 ). Vietnam. East Coast. Then Panama. Return to East Coast.
date x Combat x USS Bigelow (DD-942). Bigelow was part of a Combined Task Group CTG 136.1 tasked with blockading Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bigelow saw extensive service during the Vietnam War and also served as a NASA recovery ship for the Mercury and Gemini III programs.
date x Stationed x Mayport Naval Station; Jacksonville, FL
date x Discharged x Where?
date x Civilian x Interests
*USS Barry (DD-933)
Passing through the Panama Canal on 6 October, Barry touched at Hawaii, for a short liberty, and Midway before crossing the International Date Line the night of 25 October. At 0100, the "calendar was advanced to the 27th and 26 October was lost forever". After visiting the Japanese ports of Yokosuka and Sasebo, she reached Subic Bay, in the Philippines, on 17 November, and commenced type training at the Tabones Naval Gunfire Support Range. Barry cleared Subic Bay on 30 November in company with Task Group 77.7, including Enterprise (CVAN-65), Bainbridge (DLGN-25), and Samuel B. Roberts for the South China Sea.

Arriving on station at "Point Dixie", off the coast of South Vietnam, Barry screened the nuclear-powered carrier during the 2 December air strikes against Viet Cong positions near Bien Hoa and throughout South Vietnam. Leaving the carrier to continue these "milk-run" strikes, to allow pilots and crew to become accustomed to combat, Barry was ordered to the South Vietnamese coast for gunfire support duty. Steaming slowly up the Saigon River near Vung Tau on the morning of 7 December, she was given orders to bombard Viet Cong positions several miles east of the river. For two days, her 5 inch (127 mm) guns fired on supply points and entrenchments, getting credit from Army air spotters for "excellent target coverage", before moving to the Mekong Delta region. Closing the beach near the coastal town of Cho Phuoc Hai, Barry continued fire missions in support of III and IV Naval Zones. After firing some 1,500 5 inch (127 mm) rounds, including opportunity fire near Ba Dong and south of Bung Tau, the destroyer rejoined TG 77.7 on 15 December.

Enterprise, steaming off Danang at "Point Yankee", launched a series of strikes at North Vietnamese bridges, roads and supply centers. Barry, screening the carrier as the task group skirted the Gulf of Tonkin, watched as A-4 Skyhawks and F-4 Phantoms struck at North Vietnamese anti-aircraft and radar defense systems. Further strikes, on 22 December, disabled the Uong Bi power complex, the Hai Doung bridge was bombed the following day, and barges and junks were interdicted offshore. Christmas was spent at sea, during an uneasy and temporary truce, and January 1966 saw a resumption of the bombing campaign. Barry continued plane guard and screen duties until 17 January when the entire task group arrived at Subic Bay. Alongside Piedmont (AD-17), conducting repairs needed after 48 days of continuous combat operations, the destroyer's crew expected a week of upkeep at Subic followed by a well-earned liberty in Hong Kong. On the very next day, however, Barry received orders to get underway in 36 hours for "special operations" in South Vietnam. After laboring for two straight nights and a day, the destroyer, assisted by repair crews from Piedmont, managed to reassemble her machinery in time to steam out of Subic Bay the morning of 19 January.
USS Lake Champlain (CV-39) USS Barry (DD-933) USS Bigelow (DD-942)

US Navy Seal

Radioman 2dc; E5
David E. Campbell
Radioman; E5, 2ndC
US Navy

Dave Campbell photo

USS Barry (DD-933)

USS Bigelow (DD-942)

Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal; American Service Medal, Philippine Liberation plus Bronze Star

Medals (examples)
Medals to include WWII victory medals for campaigns in Southern Philippines, Luzon, and New Guinea. American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation plus Bronze Star
The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of North High School graduates can be found online at: David E. Campbell's class page is:
06/19/10; Presently living in FL. Married to Jerri Hiatt, Class of June, 1965.
Music: "Anchors Aweigh" by the U.S. Navy Band
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