Beaufort’s Chris Campbell, 48, joined the U.S. Navy in 1993 in Denver. After Boot Camp and Hospital Corpsman training in San Diego, he was assigned to Naval Hospital Charleston, working in preventive medicine. His next assignment was with the Marines at Camp Pendleton, from which he deployed with the Marines throughout the western Pacific and Middle East.

Next he served for three years at the medical clinic on Parris Island before duty aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), deploying twice again to the western Pacific and Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and action in Afghanistan. His next assignment was three years at MCAS Beaufort with an Air Wing that deployed to Iraq.

He returned to Beaufort for four years of duty at the Naval Hospital and the Parris Island medical clinic. He next served with Crisis Response Units at Camp Lejeune, including deployment to eastern Europe. After three years he returned to Naval Hospital Beaufort, from which he retired with 26 years of active service as a Senior Chief Petty Officer.

– Compiled by John Chubb, American Legion Post 9. For nominations, contact jechubb1@gmail.com.

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