Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Marvin K Campbell

Born: n/a

Died: 3/11/1994

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Seaman First Class Marvin K Campbell passed away on March 11, 1994 of military service related illness.

Proud of his heritage he chose Choctaw Man as his CB handle. A patriotic American he was proud to served aboard the good ship U.S.S. Shangri La, Being in the forward thrust during the first atomic bomb test conducted on the South Pacific island of Bikini, as a young sailor, his body absorbed more radiation than a human should be exposed to in a lifetime,. It was believed to be the cause of the rare heart and lung disease which shortened his life.

Mr. Campbell’s only brother, Delbert, served on the proud vessel, U.S.S. Blue Ridge during the same time and place plus four more test conducted on the island of Eniwetok. Today he is a cancer survivor. Both Mr. Campbells sons served in the US Navy.

Delbert has spent much time researching the Campbell’s Choctaw roots. His sister Patsy has joined him in that endeavor. She visited the Choctaw Center in Mississippi earlier this year and brought home to their sister, Betty Jo a writer, copies of the Choctaw history and the Choctaw Dictionary. Her next novel will be constructed around the Choctaw Trail of Tears.

Having served his nation with pride all his life, this Choctaw man is fondly remembered as a loving brother, husband, and father as well as a patriotic American who strived to his death to bring honor to his Choctaw connection.

Having his CDIB card his great-grandfather, Ephraim Campbell and his grandfather, William Walter Campbell, were original enrollees, His father; Emory Campbell was born shortly after the rolls closed.

Along with his wife, Leona (McLeister) Campbell, Emory owned and operated Campbell’s Dairy at Calera, Oklahoma for many years. He serviced an extensive route in Durant.

Marvin’s mother, Leona descended from Irish Immigrant, John McLeister. He came to the United States on the fair ship U.S.S. Shenandoah to escape the harsh results of the potato famine. The Choctaw Nation saw Ireland’s struggle with that catastrophe and sent aide to help in their relief.

He was preceded n death by his parents and all of his grandparents.

He is honored in memory by his brother, Delbert L. Campbell of Colleyville, Texas and his two sisters, Betty Jo Campbell and Patsy Jon Johnson both of Azle, Texas.