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Branch: United States Army
Unit: 1st Calvery
Highest Rank: E5 Squad Leader
Birth Year: September 22, 1949
Place of Birth: Dundee, Michigan
Citations: Purple Heart, Army Commendation with V for Valor in Combat
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|Russell trained at Fort Knox, Fort Polk, and Fort Benning before being sent to Vietnam. He was a squad leader and went out on numerous patrols. For most of his tour of duty, his squad was fighting VC, except one soldier they killed was in Chinese uniform, which was unsettling.|
Russell was wounded after only three months in Vietnam. He was shot in the stomach but fortunately his belt buckle took most of the impact. He was operated on and lost a kidney and some other internal organs. His award for Valor was the result of his going out into a situation that he was not required to go on.
Russell has an 80% disability from the Army. When he returned he got married and has five children. He returned to work at GM. One incident that he mentioned happened when a supervisor had a heart attack and died near him. This triggered PTS syndrome because it brought him back to his Vietnam experiences.
Russell has a very positive attitude about his Army experiences.