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MAJ Russell Benjamin “Huck” Huckstep

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MAJ Russell Benjamin “Huck” Huckstep

Russell Benjamin Huckstep was born April 22, 1905 at 11P.M. in Vail, Iowa to James Bertram Huckstep and Hellen Elizabeth "Nellie" Crampton, both also being born in Iowa.
Mr. Huckstep's maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Jane Crampton, of Hayes Iowa, were both born in England.
The paternal grandparents, John B and Martha A Huckstep, were born in Missouri and Tennessee, respectivly.
Russell Benjamin Huckstep has three brothers, Harold James and Earl Bryant, and Rexford J Huckstep and two sisters named Florence Letitcia "Flossie" (Chapman) and Helen J Huckstep.
Russell's parents divorced during or shortly after WWI, with James Bertrum Huckstep remarrying in South Dakota in 1925.
Russell moved on to enlist in the US Army on August 6th, 1922 at Fort Leavenworth, Ks. His assignment was to Troop B, 1st Machine Gun Troop. Later, he would join the Machine Gun Troop, 14th Cavalry Regiment and serve in Des Moines, Iowa, where he would meet his wife, Elizabeth Marie Daymude. They were married April 1, 1933 and had three children. Delores Marie, Beverly Jean and Russell Benjamin Jr.
Mr. Huckstep later transferred to the 52nd Ordinance Co., serving in Savannah, Il. and Aberdeen, Md. proving grounds.
While serving in Savannah, Il., Russell joined the Masonic Lodge in Hanover, Il.
Mr. Huckstep joined the United States Military Mission to North Africa on November 16th, 1941 and was promoted to Captain on December 5th, 1941.
While serving in North Africa, Capt. Huckstep served in the Eritrea Service Command. During a trip to Cairo, Egypt, Mr. Huckstep's plane encountered a storm and crashed into a mountain on Febuary 23, 1943. His body was retrieved in July of 1943 and was interned in Tunis, Tunisia, where it rests today.
Major Huckstep was awarded the Legion of Merit for outstanding service organizing local workers into a civilian defense force, being a small arms specialist, in Africa. The service supply depot located in Alexandria, Cairo, Egypt, at the time the largest depot in the Middle East (with an 1100 bed hospital) was named Camp Huckstep in his honor.


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  • Maintained by: JB
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56247811
  • Saralyn McAfee Smith
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Russell Benjamin “Huck” Huckstep (22 Apr 1905–23 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56247811, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by JB (contributor 47292730) .