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Near Point Edward in Lambton County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Robert Earl Campbell

 
 
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Inscription.  The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard Washington 20590
The Secretary of Transportation takes pleasure in presenting the Gold Life Saving Medal to Robert Earl Campbell
For acts as set forth in the following Citation
“For extreme and heroic daring on the morning of 5 June 1972 as Captain of the pilot boat Sally M. engaged in rendering assistance and rescuing 31 of the crew members from the steamer Sidney E. Smith, Jr. which had collided with the steamer Parker Evans in the St. Clair River near the Water Bridge at Port Huron, Michigan. From his location at the Sarnia pilot boat station, Sarnia, Ontario, Captain Campbell immediately proceeded to the scene to assist when he heard danger signals and the collision of the ships. Upon arrival he found the Sidney E. Smith, Jr. drifting bow upstream and listing heavily to starboard, observed the futile efforts of the crew working in darkness on the sharply listing vessel as they attempted to lower the lifeboat.

Although the space between the port side of the vessel and the dock was very restricted and despite the obvious danger of being crushed between the Sidney E.
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Smith, Jr. and the dock, Captain Campbell skillfully maneuvered the Sally M. in the strong current and remained at the vessel’s port side until her Master and 30 of the crew members had been removed. The rescue was completed in approximately five minutes before the Stanley E. Smith, Jr. with a cargo of 6,000 tons of coal sank in 35 feet of water just twenty minutes after the collision.

Captain Campbell’s determined efforts, outstanding courage, initiative and fortitude, while jeopardizing his own life during this rescue, averted a harrowing tragedy for those persons he rescued from the sinking vessel. His unselfish actions and valiant service are in keeping with the highest traditions of humanitarian service.” For the Secretary C. R. Bender Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard

In loving memory by Ollie F. Campbell
 
Erected by Ollie F. Campbell.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes. A significant historical date for this entry is June 5, 1972.
 
Location. 42° 59.82′ N, 82° 25.343′ W. Marker is near Point Edward, Ontario, in Lambton County. Marker is on Alexandria Avenue close to Michigan Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Marker is on the Bluewater Bike Path off Alexandria Avenue in Waterfront Park Just south of the Bluewater Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point Edward ON N7T N7T, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 10, 2022
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within walking distance of this marker. The Voyage of the Griffon 1679 (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Alva Edison (approx. 0.3 kilometers away in the U.S.); Underground Railroad (approx. 0.3 kilometers away in the U.S.); Bridging the Blue Waters (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Edison Homesite (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Ships on the St. Clair (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Wilderness Outpost (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Native Americans (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.).
 
Additional keywords. United States Coast Guard
 
Robert Earl Campbell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 10, 2022
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Robert Earl Campbell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 10, 2022
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2022, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 14, 2022, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 1, 2022