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Campbell King, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal (United States); Croix de Guerre with palm and silver star, Officer Legion of Honor (French); Commander Order of the Crown (Italian). Was first American officer, with Colonel George B. Duncan, to receive French Croix de Guerre, awarded by General Deville, commanding 42d French Division, to which he was attached during French Verdun offensive, August 1917.


King, Campbell was born on August 30, 1871 in Flat Rock, North Carolina, United States. Son of Alexander Campbell and Mary Lee (Evans) King.


Attended Charleston College. Honorary Master of Arts, Harvard, 1920. Distinguished graduate Infantry, and Cavalry School, 1905.

Graduated from Army Staff College, 1906. Graduated from Army War College, 1911. Graduate General Staff College, 1920.


Private and corporal cavalry, July 1897-July 1898. Second in command lieut. 1st Infantry, July 9, 1898.

Promoted through grades to brigadier general, July 23, 1924. Brigadier general (temporary) during the World War. Major general, May 1, 1932.

Retired, 1933.


Served in Cuba, Philippines, Hawaii, China, and on Mexican border. Served in following sectors of the line in France: Somervillier, Ansauville, Montdidier, Saizerais and Vosges Mountains. Participated in following battles: Verdun, August 1917, Cantigny, Montdidier-Noyon, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne.

Took part in march to the Rhine and occupation of Coblenz bridgehead.


Married Harriott Laurens King, December 19, 1907. Children: Duncan Ingraham, Barbara.

Alexander Campbell King

Mary Lee (Evans) King

Harriott Laurens King

Duncan Ingraham King

Barbara King