Lewis “Lew” Campbell of Mesa, Ariz., former Youngstown labor leader and World War II Normandy Invasion veteran, honored the 70th anniversary of D-Day by singing the national anthem at an Arizona Diamondbacks game June 6.
Campbell, who celebrated his 95th birthday Wednesday, did a lot of singing in bars in Youngstown, Hubbard and Masury before he was drafted into the Army.
“But then we began having children and my wife said, ‘Stay home,’” he said, laughing.
Campbell, who auditioned for the honor of singing at the Diamondbacks’ game in Phoenix, said it was a thrill. “I’d never sung in front of 20,000 people before.”
The first day of the Allied invasion at Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, began the liberation of France and Western Europe from German occupation.
Campbell, born and reared on Youngstown’s East Side, landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day plus 3 (days) as a member of the Army’s 2nd Armored Division, 82nd Reconnaissance Battalion, led by Gen. George S. Patton.
Read more about his experiences in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.