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The dedication of a section of U.S. Highway 19/ Main Street in honor of Army Sgt. Karl Campbell who died in combat in Afghanistan will be Friday at 4 p.m. at Depot Park. In the event of foul weather the ceremony will be moved to Usher Community Center.
State Rep. Leonard Bembry, sponsor of the bill in the Florida House to name the road for Campbell, will be in attendance, as will be a number of veterans organizations.
Campbell, 34, of Chiefland, died Oct. 4, 2010, in Babur, Afghanistan. A Department of Defense release said Campbell died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device while he was on foot patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Campbell's mother Audrey, said at the time that he was on his second enlistment in the Army. In his first term, from 1995 to 2003, he graduated from Ranger School and he was due to attend special forces training when his tour in Afghanistan ended.
His family moved to Chiefland in 1996 and he followed when he got out of the Army. But in 2006 he signed up for the Army Reserves and was attached to a unit based in Orlando, and in 2009 he went on active duty. He was sent to Afghanistan on June 15, 2010.
Campbell is survived by his wife, Jennifer Marie Campbell of Fort Campbell, stepdaughter, Samantha Jo Goble, 17, stepsons, Joseph Lewis Goble IV, 15; Ty Elliott Bartlett, 11, Brea Nicole Campbell, 11, and Charles Andrew Campbell. 4.
He is also survived by his father, Arthur Ray Campbell Sr., grandparents, Charles and Lillian Wieder, all of Chiefland; sisters, Audrey Lynn Bowers of Morriston, and Tina Marie Thomas of Starke; brother Arthur Ray Campbell Jr. of Wilkes-Barre, Penn. and one step-grandchild he never had the chance to meet.