Lt. Col. Campbell's burial makes history
Retired Lt. Colonel Linda Campbell will make history Monday morning when she's buried at Willamette National Cemetery.
She'll be buried next to her partner of 17 years, Nancy Lynchild, who died of cancer in 2012. They are believed to be the first same-sex couple to be granted a waiver to be buried next to each other in a national cemetery. The waiver was granted in January 2013 by the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Col. Campbell was born May 6, 1946. She died March 2, 2018, of cancer in her South Waterfront apartment. She was 71.
Campbell will be buried at about 11:30 a.m. April 23.
According to her obituary, Campbell was the first veteran to secure burial rights for her same-sex spouse in a national military cemetery. Campbell and Lynchild were married in Vancouver, B.C.
Campbell joined the U.S. Air Force in 1968. She served in the Oregon National Guard and then the Air Force Reserve. She was the first woman in Oregon to serve as a combat weapons controller and was a military adviser to Gov. Vic Atiyeh.Campbell is survived by her sister-in-law Monte Campbell, her brother Bob Campbell, her brother Jim Campbell, her sister-in-law Carolyn Campbell, Brady Evan Waldroff and Oliver Mena-Rangel.
According to her obituary, Campbell's grave will be two markers away from her father, Army veteran Gordon Campbell and his wife, Joyce.