Thomas Campbell, 30, died yesterday [May 24, 1954] of injuries suffered in the head-on collision on U.S. Highway 50 in which Beach Musser, 31, of 6601 Willow Lane, Johnson County, was killed. The accident occurred about five and one-half miles west of Gardner.
Campbell, who died at the University of Kansas Medical Center, was a veteran, as was Musser. He was returning here from Ottawa, Kansas, after visiting his wife and child there. The two cars collided at the crest of a hill after one of the vehicles apparently skidded out of control.
Campbell recently had taken a job as an accountant with the Phillips Petroleum Company, and his wife and child were staying temporarily with her parents. They were to move into a new house in Johnson County next week.
Campbell, who was born and reared here, served seven years in the Navy in and after World War II with a Marine battalion as a medical corpsman. He was wounded in the invasion of Tarawa and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Shortly before the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, Campbell enlisted in the Army and was among the first 400 American troops who were sent to Korea.
He served eleven and one-half months in Korea in the early part of that conflict and then was transferred to Ottawa as a sergeant in charge of a recruiting office. In June, 1952, he married Miss Doris Finch. He was active in Masonic affairs and the American Legion.
Surviving, besides his wife and son, David Campbell, 18 months, are his mother, Mrs. Kate Adams, 838 South Baltimore Street, Kansas City, Kansas; his father, Joseph A. Campbell, 800 Pennsylvania Avenue; a brother, Joseph A. Campbell, Jr., 7134 Lydia Avenue, and five sisters, Mrs. Margaret A. Hornbeck, 838 South Baltimore, Kansas City, Kansas; Mrs. Mary E. Crebbs, 10809 West Sixty-second Street, Shawnee; Mrs. Frances Ewing, Leavenworth; Mrs. Nora K. Ragland, Fort Worth, Tex., and Mrs. Roberta Pennell, Liberty.