In Memory of
Army Private First Class
Leo E. Campbell
Miltona, Minnesota
Listed as a Hanson County Casualty
March 22, 1917 -- April 25, 1945
Killed in Action in Germany

Leo E. Campbell

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.

Although initially 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.