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John P. Campbell~ Buffalo Soldier

Sunrise 7 November 1893
Sunset 28 August 1984
Burial: Phoenix, Arizona


Master Sgt (Ret..) John P. Campbell, Jr. was born the youngest of 13 children to Amelia and John P. Campbell, Sr. on November 7, 1893 in Evansville, Indiana. His early childhood was spent in Indiana where he accepted Christ at an early age and united with the John the Baptist Church. Following his graduation from Douglas High School in 1910, he began his military career one year later.

In 1917 Sgt. Campbell met and married Louise Duiket and to this union 12 girls were born. He was as masterful a husband and father as a sergeant which is evidenced by the fond memories now cherished by his daughters, some of which include an appearance on the Eddie Cannon Show and being listed in "Ripley's Believe it or Not."

After many years of extensive travel, Sgt. Campbell and his family were transferred to Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. In addition to the memories of his family, Sgt. Campbell has left an impresson on the minds of many others as well as the pages of our nation's history. During his 35 year military career, he served proudly in the 9th Calvary, the 25th Infantry and as a "Buffalo Soldier". It was through the efforts of this brave regiment that the west was really won. The Buffalo Soldiers performed the dirtiest and hardest work, survived lenghthy patrol duty and had more personal dealing with territorial Indians than any other military group. They also played a major role in the success of World War I, then being known as "Dough Boys." Sg1. Campbell served in the Drum and Bugle Corps and played taps for all area military funerals.

Following his retirement from this illustrious military career, Sg1. Campbell settled permanently in Phoenix where he then met and married Othella Edwards in 1955 and was united with the First Institutional Baptist Church.

Even though he retired from active duty in the military, he continued to be a devoted husband and father and served his country through various speaking engagements in the public school system and community. He was also an active member of the American Legion and a 33 degree Mason.

Master Sgt. (Re1.) John P. Campbell, Jr. passed this life on August 28, 1984 in Phoenix, Arizona.

He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Othella Campbell of Phoenix; daughters, Amelia Tolliver of Evansville, Ind., Ozella Jackson of Louisville Kentucky, Agnes Lewis and Bernice Marshall of Detroit, MI., and Elizabeth Smith of Omaha, NB., Daughters Mary, Etta, Marian, Corine, Susie, Rossie and Lucy Bell. all preceded him in death; cousins Susie Jones of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Hattie Campbell, and Viola Norres of St. Louis, Missouri, scores of grand children, great grand children and great, great grand children, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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