JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Retired U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Denzel Campbell, age 92, is a rare find among men.
Campbell served in three of the United States’ major military engagements during the 20th century: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. It is estimated that only 50,000 American servicemen and women served in all three conflicts, with 3,000 alive today.
It is easy to see why Legacy Village of Jacksonville, where Campbell lives, is honoring him as we approach the acknowledgement of the American and Allied victory over Japan, also known as “V-J Day,” Aug. 14.
A special viewing of the full-length video will be held for residents, family members and friends of the community on V-J Day, Thursday, Aug. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at Legacy Village of Jacksonville, 1116 James Hopkins Road SW, Jacksonville . Refreshments will be served.
“Mr. Campbell’s service to our country is beyond compare, and we consider it a great privilege to serve him with honor, respect faith and integrity,” says Clint Holyfield, Legacy Village of Jacksonville’s executive director. “After hearing Mr. Campbell’s story and getting to know him on a more personal level, it is easy to see why he and his peers were dubbed America’s Greatest Generation.”
Campbell, born in 1922, joined the U.S. Marine Corp in 1942, and was part of the four-day Battle for Midway; a crucial win for the U.S. Navy over the Japanese for control of the Pacific Ocean during World War II.
After returning, in 1945, from his service in WWII, Campbell later joined the the U.S. Army and was sent to Korea, where he served from 1950-1952.
Campbell completed his military career after serving at Camp Carroll, a key Marine Corps artillery base near the Demilitarized Zone, during the Vietnam conflict from 1968-1970.
“I got shot at in all three of them, but I didn’t get hit,” Campbell said. “I wouldn’t want to do it again.”
About Legacy Village of Jacksonville
Located in beautiful Jacksonville, Ala., Legacy Village of Jacksonville offers a full range of assisted living and Alzheimer’s care services in a safe, attentive, homelike atmosphere. Legacy Village is committed to serving the greatest generation with honor, respect, faith and integrity. For more information on assisted living or Alzheimer’s care in the Gadsden Ala., area, visit legacyjacksonville.net
Legacy Village of Jacksonville is among a network of seven senior living communities throughout the Southeast owned and/or operated by Legacy Senior Services, LLC, of Cleveland, Tenn. The parent company specializes in offering independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care services. It was founded in 2002 by Barry Ray and Bryan Cook, senior living industry veterans. For more information, visit http://legacyss.com/
Legacy Village of Jacksonville
Media Contact: Nicole Smith, Community Relations Director
1116 James Hopkins Road SW
Jacksonville, AL 36265