In Memory of
Army Private First Class
Leo E. Campbell
Listed as a Hanson County Casualty
March 22, 1917 -- April 25, 1945
Killed in Action in Germany
Leo E. Campbell, son of Clyde and Grace Campbell, grew up
and attended country school in Roberts County, SD. Later he and his family moved
to Emery, SD, in Hanson County for a time. Before he entered the service, he
moved back to the Corona, SD, area. At this time he was married to Ella
Vansambeek, and they had a daughter, Bernice; their second daughter, Arlene, was
born after Leo had gone to the service. He never saw his daughter.
Leo Campbell entered the
military on November 11, 1942, and was trained at Camp Polk, Louisiana, Camp
Barkeley, Texas, and at Camp Cooke, California. Pfc. Campbell went overseas on
September 28, 1944, two years after he enlisted.
stationed in England, Pfc. Campbell was then transferred to France. After that,
he fought in Belgium and Luxembourg before arriving in Germany on March 1, 1945.
On March 9, Private First
Class Leo Campbell received a citation and was awarded the Bronze Star for his
service with a medical detachment. Leo Campbell remained in active duty in
Germany until he was killed in action on April 25, 1945, which was one day after
the war in Europe was declared over, according to Leo’s daughter, Arlene.
Originally Pfc. Campbell
was buried in a military cemetery overseas; after the war his body was returned
to the U.S. and was buried at Mitchell, South Dakota.
Lauren Meyers, Michael Locati, and Mika Roberts, 8th
Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, respectfully
submitted this entry, on December 4, 2000. Arlene Fonder, of Milbank, South
Dakota, daughter of Leo Campbell, provided the information.