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Francis Campeau

Died in the service of our country
BHS class of 1962
Branch of Service: Navy
Hometown: Bergenfield
Date of birth: May 25, 1945
Rank: AE3
Date of casualty: July 29, 1969
Place of casualty: NORTH VIETNAM
Dedication: Campeau Place, Bergenfield
Other webpages:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
National Purple Heart
A shy young man
To an Athlete Dying Young
Remarks at Forty Year Memorial Tribute-USS Forrestal
Virtual Wall


About Francis: FRANCIS CAMPEAU, along with fellow New Jerseyan, RICHARD VALLONE, was among the 134 USS Forrestal (CVA 59) crewmembers and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen squadron personnel to be killed by the tragic fire on July 29, 1967, aboard the USS Forrestal, 60 miles off the coast of North Vietnam on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin, South China Sea.

A missile accidentally fired from a parked F-4 Phantom Streaked across the flight deck into the external fuel tank of an A-4 Skyhawk waiting to take off on a bombing mission. The ruptured tank ignited a firestorm.
Much has been written about this disater. Lt. Cmdr. John McCain was piloting the skyhawk.

FRANCIS CAMPEAU is honored on Panel 24E, Row 17 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

You can also find FRANCIS CAMPEAU and shipmate RICHARD VALLONE honored on the 29 July panel on the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial wall in Holmdel, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE


The Veterans section was created and maintained by
Eva DeMaggio Gallione, BHS '64 and Joseph DiMaggio, BHS'67