Three autograph letters, signed, one dated Dec 10, 1945, along with three photographs, all signed.
CAMPBELL, Gen Harold D.
One letter is in response to a boy's request for a photograph and an autograph. Two of the letters are to the boy's father who was a newspaperman. Gen Campbell gives some personal, and professional (in which he mentions Lord Mountbatten), background. One photograph, 10" x 8" is of Gen Campbell at his desk and is signed on the front. A smaller snapshot is described on the verso in the General's hand as "Group of Native Chiefs, South Sea Islands, Front row left - Gen Campbell, Front row center - King & Queen of Island." The third photograph was taken from an airplane and is described on verso in the General's hand, "Active Volcano...Eruption Sept 1943." Harold Denny Campbell (March 30, 1895 – December 29, 1955) was a United States Marine Corps major general who served in World War I and World War II. He is most noted for his service as an aviation officer who commanded the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing in Pacific theater and on the staff of Lord Mountbatten during World War II. Following his graduation from Norwich, Campbell joined almost immediately the Marine Corps on May 19, 1917 and was assigned to the 23rd Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve on the same date and appointed Platoon Leader. Campbell sailed for France on July 27, 1917 and later attended Lewis gun course at Machine gun school. His unit together with 15th Company were subsequently transferred to the 6th Machine Gun Battalion. Campbell was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant on December 17, 1917 and later participated in all major engagements of Marine Corps in World War I. He was wounded by enemy machine gun fire to his hand during Meuse-Argonne Offensive on the beginning of November 1918 and later was decorated with Purple Heart Medal for these wounds. After his recovery, Campbell served with occupation forces in Germany until June 1919. On 6 December 1941, only one day before the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, Campbell was appointed Commanding Officer of the Marine Aircraft Group 11 stationed at Brown Field within Quantico Base. He served in this capacity until 25 May 1942, when he was personally selected by Chief of Combined Operations, Lord Mountbatten. Campbell was assigned to this staff as Marine Corps Aviation Officer and his main responsibility was to advise in the matter of Air Cover for Commando operations. He participated in the planning of Dieppe Operation. Campbell served in this capacity until April 26, 1943. For his service in England, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and decorated with the Legion of Merit. Campbell arrived to the United States in June 1943 and reported at Headquarters Marine Corps. He has been subsequently transferred to Samoa in August 1943 and took command of 4th Marine Aircraft Wing stationed there. The 4th Marine Wing served as Aircraft Defense Force, Samoan Area, a part of Defense Forces, Samoan Group under Major general Charles F. B. Price. Campbell remained in this capacity until July 1944, when he was appointed Commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. Following the Battle of Peleliu, Campbell served simultaneously as Peleliu Island Commander. He was succeeded by Brigadier general Christian F. Schilt in March 1945 and returned to the United States. Campbell was appointed Commanding general of the 9th Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. He served in this capacity until his retirement in November 1947. Campbell was advanced to the rank of Major General on the retired list for having been specially commended in combat.