|Birth: ||Mar. 29, 1948|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1968|
Tan An, Vietnam
PFC Charles E Russell III, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Graham, North Carolina.
Private First Class Charles E Russell III was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Selective Service, PFC Russell served our country until December 11th, 1968 in Hua Nghia, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that Charles died from small arms fire/grenade. His body was recovered. Charles was born on March 29th, 1948 in Graham, North Carolina. PFC Russell is on panel 36W, line 006 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.
Just remembering: We always called each other by our last names as to try not to get to close to each other. We knew any minute one or the other could be gone. Russell was the last of 7 men killed on that December 11, 1968 day. Eight of us went out away from the 2 or 3 companies of us that went out together on a big mission. Of the 8 of us I was the only one to come back alive. Why I will never know but, I am sure God has something planned for me. On that day Russell and I were the only 2 left alive and we were hiding behind a red ant hill about 2 feet tall. Russell was always joking and trying to make the best out of bad situation. He looked at me with a big grin on his face and said, "Do you think we are going to die today." I said, there is a real good chance of it and we both laughed. With in a few seconds the red ants had crawled all over us and some had went down the inside of Russell's shirt. He stood up on his knees to get the red ants out and he was hit numerous times with machine gun fire from approximately 30 feet away. He fell on top of me and he never knew what hit him. I laid there the rest of the entire day with both sides spraying bullets over my head and our choppers trying to kill me as I was away from the companies. I will never forget Russell or the others who died that day. Lester Rogers, PO Box 122, Dewey, OK, 74029, 918-440-3398, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bunny Russell lives in Memory: I remember him as a skinny kid who grew up into a young man just as he left for the war. The light of his mother's life, she dealt with his loss with courage but her heart was broken. I think of them now as together in God and take comfort that I hope to see them both again someday. Vicki Oldham-McCarthy, 5626 Atwater Drive #121, Greensboro, NC 27407, email@example.com
He served as a Private First Class with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, USARV.
He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Silver Star Medal for Bravery, The Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnamese Military Merit Medal, The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Individual, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.
Graham Memorial Park
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Section 40 Site 85
Maintained by: Tom Reece
Originally Created by: Robert
Record added: May 16, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14304008
Thank you for your sacrifice.|
Added: Aug. 11, 2016
US Combat Veteran, Vietnam.|
Added: Feb. 20, 2011
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."|
Added: Nov. 5, 2008