Technical Sergeant Thomas Lee Campbell

Technical Sergeant Thomas Lee Campbell

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, March 26, 1978

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Thomas Lee Campbell

Technical Sergeant Policeman Thomas Campbell was shot and killed while responding to a report of an intruder at a residence in Maxwell Heights, an off-post military housing complex near Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Within minutes of the dispatch, responding officers reported hearing gunshots. Responding Security Forces and Montgomery Police Department units found Sergeant Campbell suffering three gunshot wounds and struggling to breathe. He was transported to the base hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An intensive search of the area was conducted and a 16-year-old male was apprehended. He was subsequently tried and convicted as a juvenile. The subject was held until his 21st birthday.

Sergeant Campbell had served with the 42nd Security Police Squadron of the United States Air Force for eight years. He was survived by his wife. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alabama
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Convicted of murder

burglary in progress

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TSgt Campbell worked for me at Maxwell AFB when I served as the Operations Officer. I was assigned to Gunter AFS as Chief of Police prior to his death. Tom was an outstanding NCO, intelligent, knowledge able, well liked individual. I have no doubts had he had a full career he would have retired as a CMSgt. I attended his funeral in his hometown as did many cops from different agencies. The most vivid memory I have is of his family and his children, my heart went out to them. Security police lost 111 men in the Vietnam War, I served there in 1965/66. Over the last 55 years (I'll be 80) I often think of those men who never had the chance to grow up. All the men and women who put that badge on every day are my hero's, especially those who gave the surpreme sacrifice. RIP, Captain Bruce Ross, USAF, Retired.

Bruce Ross

June 5, 2020

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