World War II pilot, community leader remembered Sunday
By SAM HATCHEROn Sunday our community offered final rites to a distinguished World War II veteran, Lebanon businessman, and a person who spent much of his life working as a volunteer and leader in many community organizations, charities and civic projects.Don Campbell, a World War II Army Air Corps pilot who enlisted in the service at age 19, died last Tuesday at age 85 following an extended illness.Mr. Campbell’s time in the Army Air Corps was highlighted by number of special achievements. He was the youngest Second Lieutenant to receive his wings out of a class of 300 candidates and he was one of four members of the class to be selected to attend Central Instructor’s School. Following his stint with the Army Air Corps, Mr. Campbell joined the Tennessee Air National Guard where served from 1954 to 1959 piloting jet aircraft and holding the rank of captain.He was a sales representative for the Belknap Manufacturing and Simplicity Manufacturing Company and was at one time a Lebanon retailer being the co-owner of Wilson County Hardware on Lebanon’s Public Square.A Rotarian, Mr. Campbell served in leadership positions with the Boy Scouts, Wilson County Library Board, the Highland Rim Regional Library Board, Junior Achievement, the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA. We take this opportunity to remember Mr. Campbell for his service to our country and to our community.