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USS Joseph E. Campbell (DE 70 / APD 49)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Joseph E. Campbell (DE 70) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 March 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Hingham, Mass.
  • 26 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Marie S. Campbell, mother of Ens. Campbell
  • 23 September 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. J. F. Bowling, in command
  • 08 October 1944: Converson to high-speed transport commenced at New York
  • 24 November 1944: Reclassified APD 49
  • 15 November 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 1 month of service, laid up at the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange, Tex.
  • 15 November 1966: Sold to Chile, renamed Riquelme (APD-28), never saw service in Chile, used as parts hulk and stripped
  • 01 December 1966: Struck from the NVR
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    Joseph E. Campbell

    36k Joseph Eugene Campbell was born on 23 July 1919 in Vigo County, Ind. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 29 March 1941 at St. Louis, Mo. After preliminary flight training at Robertson, Mo., he was transferred to NAS Pensacola for further flight training. Appointed Naval Aviator on 17 December 1941, he was commissioned Ensign 21 January 1942. Assigned to Cruiser Scouting Squadron 6 aboard USS Astoria (CA 34) in the Pacific, Ens. Campbell was killed in action while engaging the enemy in the Battle of Savo Island on 09 August 1942. Joseph Eugene Campbell is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

    USS Joseph E. Campbell (DE 70) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the web site:  Honor States)

    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    Joseph E. Campbell 212k undated: prior to APD conversion

    (U.S. Navy Photo)
    John A. George
    Paul Rebold
    Joseph E. Campbell 64k Ireland 1943

    (U.S. Navy Photo)

    Joseph E. Campbell History
    View the USS Joseph E. Campbell (DE 70) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Joseph E. Campbell as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Joseph E. Campbell's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 23 Sep. 1943 - 02 Feb. 1944Lcdr. Jack French Bowling Jr., USN (Comm. CO)
    2.) 02 Feb. 1944 - 25 Jan. 1945Lcdr. James McIntosh Robertson II, USN
    3.) 25 Jan. 1945 - 25 Sep. 1945Lcdr. James John Roder Mulcare, USNR
    4.) 25 Sep. 1945 - .. Nov. 1945Lt. William Wilson Bolton, Jr., USNR
    5.) .. Nov. 1945 - 31 Jul. 1946Cmdr. John Worthen Higgins, Jr.
    6.) 31 Jul. 1946 - 15 Nov. 1946Lcdr. Oscar Jonas Beavers (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: John A. George
    Address: 7002 24th Avenue
    City/State: Lewisdale MD 20783-2732
    E-mail: John George
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