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Standing guard at home and abroad
WWII vet: I learned a lot being a Marine
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J.B. Campbell (left) of Ruby, and his twin brother, Melvin, of Elgin, joined 99 other veterans on an all-expense-paid trip to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in April. The trip was sponsored by electric cooperatives in South Carolina and organized by Honor Flight of S.C. To donate, visit the www.HonorFlightSC.com.
(Recognizing the valor of South Carolinians who fought in World War II, 19 electric cooperatives joined Honor Flight of South Carolina in April to fly 100 veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial built in their honor and other historic sites. This is the final of three stories on Kershaw County veterans who served in World War II and who were part of this Honor Flight.) The fighting was over by the time Melvin Campbell turned 18 in 1946, but the military still needed young men to serve overseas, so he decided to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. After boot camp at Parris Island, Campbell was assigned to the USS Midway (CV-41) and sailed aboard the brand-new aircraft carrier on its first Mediterranean cruise in 1947.