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LCpl Russell Viveiros Almeida

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LCpl Russell Viveiros Almeida

  • Birth 11 Sep 1946 Acushnet, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 20 Dec 1965 Quang Nam, Vietnam
  • Burial New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 40585086

LCpl Almeida #2083359
MOS:1371 Combat Engineer.

The Navy Cross is presented to Russell Viveiros Almeida, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company C, Third Engineer Battalion, Third Marine Division ( Reinforced ). Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam on 20 December 1965. Lance Corporal Almeida was part of a combat engineer element assigned to Company K , Third Battalion, Ninth Marines for anti-mine warfare and demolition support. While accompanying the Second Platoon, Company K through a hostile area in the vicinity of Duysen Son 2, Lance Corporal Almeida was called upon to neutralize an M-26 grenade booby trap device and to define a safe lane for passage of the infantry platoon. He fearlessly approached the booby trap device which was triggered when he was within a few feet of the grenade. Although Lance Corporal Almeida was aware that the grenade was armed and detonation was imminent, he, with total disregard for his own safety, turned toward the deadly device, stepping between it and his fellow Marines. As he reached for the grenade he was mortally wounded by its deadly explosion. His act of heroism and personal sacrifice saved several nearby Marines from certain injury and possible death. Lance Corporal Almeida's daring initiative, courageous actions and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Survived by his wife,Valeria Almeida,his
parents, John V & Mary R Almeida and a sister
,Charottle Almeida all of S Dartmouth,MA.


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  • Maintained by: Tony
  • Originally Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
  • Added: 12 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40585086
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LCpl Russell Viveiros Almeida (11 Sep 1946–20 Dec 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40585086, citing Saint Johns Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Tony (contributor 47235247) .