SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Perhaps only a small number of ArkLaTex residents even realized a military genius called Shreveport home. We're talking about retired four star Army General Charles "Hondo" Campbell who passed away Monday at the age of 68.
The former commander of the U.S. Armed Forces Charles "Hondo" Campbell died in Shreveport Monday after a lengthy illness, according to the Army Times.
"He was the head of the Army," explained LSUS professor of history Dr. Gary Joiner, speaking about when General Campbell retired in 2010.
"He was a wonderful person, very well thought of, not only in the Army but across the Armed Services," Joiner added.
Campbell served in the Army for 40 years, after first being thrust into the Vietnam War in 1970, service at one time as a special forces adviser.
"After his retirement, he was a key strategist and consultant to the Pentagon," continued Joiner on how his service to our country continued after retiring to his Shreveport home.
"There will be a very difficult hole to fill based on the amount of knowledge he had."
He was the last continuously serving general officer who saw action in Vietnam to leave active duty, according to information from the Army.
Since retiring, Campbell had also provided his expertise on a number of KSLA News 12 reports on various military related reports.
"His knowledge is phenomenal," added Joiner.
"It's hard to lose someone of that caliber."