ORLANDO A. CAMPISI (1924 - 1995)
(Assigned to CNAC 1944 - 1945)


Bill Gilger says, "Campisi was a Sgt when we were dropping - he stayed in service and made his way to Captain."


August 15, 2004

I donít know how long ago you posted the request for info on Orlando Campisi, but I served with a Major Orlando Campisi in Command and Control Battalion, 82d Airborne Division in the early 1960s. By way of identification, I can tell you he lost the thumb on his hand (right hand, if I recall), and surgeons replaced it with a little finger, which was a very new procedure when it was done. I always assumed it was done during the Korean Conflict era. Major Campisi purchased a new Studebaker Avanti and gave all of us a ride at pretty high speed Ė it was a great car. I was transferred out of that battalion in about 1964 or 1965 and have no further info, but I think his name appears on the Social Security Death Index showing he lived in California at time of death. Hope this info assists.

Marion Skipworth
redjumper@comcast.net

August 19, 2004 Here's some more from Marion...

I'm glad to have contributed a little about Major Campisi for your site. I sent the info from the home of my son who's active duty Air Force (a C-17 pilot) so that's why it printed out as from Paul Skipworth. Paul's my son - I'm Marion Skipworth. My memory wasn't so good. I thought the Major was around a couple of years later. I can tell you about an episode: We were on military maneuvers during some very warm weather near the North/South Carolina border. We'd been eating C-Rations for quite a few days. Major Campisi (the acting Battalion Commander at the time) sent his driver to a little country store with $20 to get "something good to eat". The kid came back with $20 worth of sliced "luncheon meat". Campisi went through the roof - said he'd had enough Spam to last a lifetime already and couldn't even look at another slice.

New topic: I entered his name into a search engine and, in addition to your site, found some info about his participation in combat on Bloody Ridge in Korea, where he was wounded. I wish I'd known more about the man while we served together.


From the Monterey County Herald
May 24, 1995




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