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Medal of Valor: Sgt Tomas V. Campo, Philippine Marines
« on: September 28, 2010, 08:32:46 AM »
Sergeant Tomas V Campo Jr 755345 Philippine Marines



Sgt Tomas V Campo For acts of conspicuous courage, gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty during an encounter with 150 heavily Armed MILF separatists on or about 111130H April 2000 along Liangan River, Munai, Lanao del Norte while serving as Hospital Corpsman of the 20th Marine Company, Marine Battalion Landing Team-10, Philippine Marine Corps, Philippine Navy. MBLT-10 was tasked as the main effort in a brigade size operations launched by the 1st Marine Brigade to capture Camp Bilal, a major MILF stronghold located in Barangay Dalama (GS 1588), Munai, Lanao del Norte with 20th Marine Company as the lead assault unit.

At Vicinity GC 158915, GC 159919 and GC165917 pre-positioned MILF rebels in well fortified trenches opened fire with heavy volume of small arms and mortars at the advancing Marines. In the fierce exchange of firefight, 10 Marines in the forward positions were hit by the enemy fires. Sergeant Campo, the corpsman of 20MC, upon seeing his fellow Marines hit by hostile fire, rushed forward to treat the wounded. He did not leave the casualties exposed in the open. He pulled each one of them to places safe from heavy sniper and mortar fires. Amidst the hail of enemy bullets and mortar explosions, in utter disregard for his own safety, he did this supremely courageous act repeatedly and relentlessly, treating and moving the 10 wounded one after the other to covered grounds.

Just when it seemed that his task was done, the Platoon Commander was hit by enemy fire. Sergeant Campo rushed back to the forward position to attend to and evacuate the officer, exposing himself once again to the intense hostile gunfire. In the process, he was fatally hit by enemy bullets, dying right there at the combat scene.

During this fierce encounter, the enemy sustained more casualties than the Marines. The courage and valor of Sergeant Campo is not measured by the number of enemies killed and wounded, but rather by the number of lives of his fellow Marines he saved. All the 11 Marines he attended to have survived. Only the angel of mercy himself lost his life so that others may live. Sergeant Campo has incomparably distinguished himself in combat, which is in keeping with the finest traditions of Filipino Soldiery.

The first of the V-150 ambulances was named after him


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hughdotoh

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Re: Medal of Valor: Sgt Tomas V. Campo, Philippine Marines
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2010, 06:52:11 AM »
The guy deserves a ship or a wing in V. Luna named after him, not just a V-150.

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Re: Medal of Valor: Sgt Tomas V. Campo, Philippine Marines
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2010, 10:45:59 AM »
well sir if the "thing" named after him reminds everyone of what he has done, naming a v-150 ambulance after him is perfect. Seeing that ambulance dash back and forth to pick-up the wounded will remind the marine just what Sgt. Campo did. :thumbsup:

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Re: Medal of Valor: Sgt Tomas V. Campo, Philippine Marines
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2010, 04:34:40 PM »
Made me sad  :(....i imagined the whole scene complete with explosions, shouting, gunfire and of course the marines wearing their kevlars running, men dying and....background music. The whole thing deserves to be made into a movie.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2010, 04:39:00 PM by LipadNa »