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Sgt Russell Peter “Pete” Bott
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Sgt Russell Peter “Pete” Bott

In Memory of *** MSGT. Russell Peter Bott.
*** Also has a Memorial Headstone at Arlington National Cemetery.
*** MSGT Bott was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group. On December 2, 1966, he was member of a long range reconnaissance team about one and a half miles into Laos west of the Demilitarized Zone. His team was overwhelmed by the North Vietnamese and requested extraction. The extraction failed because of the heavy enemy fire. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.


You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!


RUSSELL PETER BOTT - Army - MSGT - E8
Age: 30
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Sep 5, 1936
Birth Date:5 September 1936-SS#: 114-28-8417-New York
From: WORCESTER, Mass.
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Married - Nancy B. Bott. Daughter, Jennifer M. Bott, Born July 6, 1966 (living in Boston, Mass.). Parents: Father, Fred James Bott, Born est. 1895 in Russia and Deceased and Mother, Mary K. Bedugnis, Born Dec. 23, 1905 in Mass. and Died Feb. 10, 1988 at the age of 82 yrs in Worcester, Mass. Sister, Ellanor (Eleanor) Bott Gregory, Born April 13, 1933 (her husband, Edward William Gregory,Jr. died Dec. 13, 2002 in Worcester, Mass.-FAG #8109974). Brother, Pvt. Fred James Bott, Jr. Born March 31, 1933 and Died Nov. 3, 1952.. Killed in Action, FAG #117154178.

***** I am so proud to be your daughter. I see you in my own daughters, just as Mom sees you in me.
Jennifer
He is my father

***** My brother, Russell
will be returned someday.
Ellanor Bott Gregory
He is my brother

***** "United States Census, 1940"
Name: Peter R Bott (Russell Peter)
Event Type: Census - Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Easton Town, Bristol, Massachusetts, US
Gender: Male
Age: 3
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Birth Year (Estimated): 1937
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Mary Bott F 33 Massachusetts
Daughter Jennie Bott F 11 Massachusetts - SISTER
Daughter Mary Bott F 10 Massachusetts - SISTER
Son George Bott M 9 Massachusetts - BROTHER
Daughter Eleanor (Ellanor) Bott F 7 Mass. - SISTER
Son Fred Bott M 5 Massachusetts - BROTHER
Son Peter R Bott M 3 Massachusetts - YOU......



MSGT - E8 - Army - Regular
Special Forces
His tour began on Dec 2, 1966
Casualty was on Nov 17, 1978-Actual date is Dec.2,1966.
In LZ, LAOS
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY
MILITARY DATA
Service: Army (Regular)
Grade at loss: E6
Rank: Master Sergeant (See Note below)
ID No: 114288417
MOS: 12B4S Combat Engineer (Special Forces)
LenSvc: Not recorded
Unit: RECON TEAM "VIPER", DET B-52, 5TH SF GRP, SPECIAL FORCES
Note: E6 at loss. Promoted while in MIA status

CASUALTY DATA
Incident Date: Friday, 12/02/1966
Change Status: Friday, 11/17/1978
Missing to Died while Missing
Age at Loss: 30
Remains: Body not recovered
Location: Laos
Type: Hostile, died while missing
Reason: Not Reported - Ground casualty

Body was not recovered
Panel 13E - Line 3


Other Personnel In Incident: Willie E. Stark (missing with Bott); Daniel Sulander; Irby Dyer (missing from UH1D exfiltration aircraft)


Master Sergeant Bott was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group.

On December 2, 1966, he was member of a long range reconnaissance team about one and a half miles into Laos west of the Demilitarized Zone.

Shortly after being inserted, the team was ambushed by the 325B NVA Division. Over the next two days a running gun battle ensued as RT Viper moved toward the northeast in an attempt to break contact.

Late on the second day, Pete Bott made radio contact with Lt. John Flanagan, pilot; and Tommy Tucker, observer; who comprised the crew of the onsite Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft, call sign "Snake."

SSgt. Bott reported he was down to one grenade and one magazine of ammunition. He also stated that several of the Vietnamese team members were dead or wounded, and that Willie Stark had sustained wounds to his chest and leg, but was alive.

SSgt. Bott requested an immediate emergency extraction. The extraction failed because of the heavy enemy fire.

At this time the SAR personnel concluded their mission, all five men on the Huey, including Irby Dyer and Daniel Sulander, were listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.

His remains were not recovered.

Russell P. Bott was promoted to Master Sergeant before a Presumptive Finding of Death was approved on 17 Nov 1978.

Staff Sergeant Russell Bott's actions during the VIPER operation warranted award of the Distinguished Service Cross.

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Gravesite Details MIA : Arlington National Cemetery

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  • Created by: Eddieb
  • Added: 19 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60311474
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Russell Peter “Pete” Bott (5 Sep 1936–2 Dec 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60311474, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .