The U.S.S. KENDALL C. CAMPBELL commemorates the Naval career of Ensign Kendall Carl CAMPBELL, USNR, who was born in Garden City, Kansas on 25 July 1917, and who died as a result of enemy action in the Pacific. He was officially reported missing in action, 8 May 1942, when the plane he was flying failed to return from the battle of the Coral Sea.
Ensign CAMPBELL was commissioned on 19 August 1941 and, at the time of his death was a member of Scouting Squadron Five. He was awarded the NAVY CROSS for extraordinary heroism from 4 to 6 May 1942, and for contributing materially to the sinking of eight enemy vessels in Tulagi Harbor and an enemy aircraft carrier in the Coral Sea. He was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a second NAVY CROSS for action against the Japanese at Salamaua and Lae on 10 March 1942. His superb airmanship and outstanding courage contributed to the destruction of three enemy warships, including a direct hit on one.
Assisted in destroying three midget submarines while operating in Hunter Killer Group with Task Group 75.19 from August 6, 1945 to to August 27, 1945.