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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I'm retired chief Master Sergeant Del Combs Sergeant Campbell was one of my first flight Chiefs at Maxwell Air Force Alabama I'm driving through Alabama today and for some reason my mind shifted to the remembered solve Tommy Campbell I think it was the effort that we had in aiding tornado victims in the Birmingham area in 1974 and during these thoughts my thoughts turn to Tommy Campbell I enjoyed work with Sergeant Campbell and I was very sad to hear of the tragic incident that ended his life it's been many many years since but totally you're not forgotten Dale k Combs

Chief Master Sergeant retired Dale k Com
United States Air Force Security police

April 26, 2018

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