Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Army Spc. Michael C. Campbell

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Michael C. Campbell, 34, of Marshfield, Mo.

Spc Campbell was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; killed May 19 when his convoy hit an improvised explosive device in Samarra, Iraq.

In the months after the 2001 terror attacks, Michael C. Campbell drove trucks hauling debris from what used to be the World Trade Center.

"That really played hard on him," said Donna Gann, who with her husband took in Campbell during his high school years in the mid-1980s.

The lack of blood relation to the Ganns didn't matter, said their daughter, Sherry Wilson, "He was our brother and my mom's son," she said.

A Navy and National Guard veteran from Marshfield, Mo., Spc. Campbell, 34, deployed to Iraq with the Army. He was killed May 19 by a roadside bomb in Samarra.

The decision to serve in Iraq wasn't easy for Campbell, Wilson said.

"He made sure it was OK with the family and that everybody was all right with it," she said. "We didn't like it, but we supported him 100 percent."

Campbell last spoke to his family after Mother's Day and thanked Gann for sending packages with candies and cookies, which he shared with fellow soldiers and Iraqi children.

Army Spc. Michael C. Campbell was killed in action on 5/19/04.

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