By Liz Wood 

Keeping early warning in the air

Curt Campbell helped keep AWACs aloft in a career spanning the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam


Photo courtesy Curt Campbell

A caricature of Curt done at the Folies Bergere in 1957 France.

Curt Campbell was 17 years old when he joined the military.

The Nuremberg trials were going on and he wanted to be a guard at those trials in 1948.

The problem was the military wanted the guards to be 6 feet tall. Campbell was only 5 foot 7 inches.

A couple of things were pushing him toward the military, Campbell said. His buddy's number was coming up to enter the draft. At 16, a judge told Campbell he had a terrible temper and asked him if he thought about using it somewhere useful - like the army. Campbell told the judge he was considering that.

Since he was too short to do what he wanted...

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