LTJG Russell Jackson Lear
Cenotaph

Photo added by Ernest Edmonston

LTJG Russell Jackson Lear

  • Birth 16 Mar 1926 Rule, Haskell County, Texas, USA
  • Death 28 Apr 1953 North Korea
  • Cenotaph San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
  • Plot Section MA Site 53
  • Memorial ID 38283618

US Navy
Korea

Lieutenant Junior Grade Lear was the pilot of a F9F-5 Pantherjet fighter aircraft with Fighter Squadron 154 aboard the carrier USS PRINCETON (CVA-37). On April 28, 1953, while on a combat mission over Hodo Pan-do, Korea, his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed.

For his leadership and valor, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 2 Gold Stars, the Navy Commendation Ribbon, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.

He is also identified on the Korean War Memorial in Dayton, Ohio.

Russel "Rusty" Jackson Lear was born Russel Jackson Cox and later changed his last name to that of his stepfather, Johnny Lear. He had one brother, Henry Walter Cox (1917-?) who fought on Guadalcanal with the U. S. Marine Corps, and one sister, Ernestine Agnes Cox Herren (memorial no. 110430288). Rusty's biological father was Andrew Harrison Cox (1888-1978).


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CALIFORNIA
LIEUTENANT (JG)
WORLD WAR II KOREA
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
AIR MEDAL & 2 GS
AR COM - PURPLE HEART


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  • Maintained by: Ernest Edmonston
  • Originally Created by: Beth Painter
  • Added: 13 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38283618
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTJG Russell Jackson Lear (16 Mar 1926–28 Apr 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38283618, citing Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Ernest Edmonston (contributor 47745354) .