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RUSSELL WILLIAM JARICK


is honored on Panel 57E, Line 24 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of PFC Russell W. Jarick

    Posted on 8/3/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On May 7, 1968, a long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) from E Company, 52nd Infantry, 1st Cavalry Division was inserted in the vicinity of Nui Bai Cay Tat Mountain, approximately 6 miles south Of Phong Dien, Thua Thien Province, RVN. That evening the LRRP team whispered over the radio that enemy soldiers were within range and there was a lot of movement, the size of the force uncertain but too many in the same area for the team to move. At 1234 hours on May 8th, a reaction force from 2nd Platoon, B Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry was airlifted to the area and instructed to link up with the besieged LRRP team after they reported being in heavy contact with the enemy. The reaction force came under heavy automatic weapons fire after getting on the ground, resulting in six U.S. wounded. The platoon succeeded in linking up with the LRRP team during the night. Continuous illumination over the battle area was provided by Air Force flareships. Helicopter gunships, aerial rocket artillery, and artillery were employed to assist the platoon throughout the night. The following day, May 9th, 2/B/4-31 remained in sporadic contact with the enemy. A Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry was combat assaulted into the area and was told to move overland to link up with 2/B/4-31. This was accomplished at 1044 hours. The members of 2/B/4-31 were extracted and moved to Camp Evans while A/4-31 continued operations against the enemy force. Two members from the LRRP team were killed during the battle, SP4 Gerald W. McConnel Jr. and SGT Robert E. Whitten. Four members from B Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry were also lost: CPL Jimmy R. Brown, CPL Terrance A. Kandler, PFC Russell W. Jarick (a medic from Headquarters Company), and CPL Jimmy R. Wheless. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vvmf.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/25/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Russell William Jarick, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/20/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Russell is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica,CA. PH
  • To Honor...To Remember.. one of my best friends from school days in Culver City, California

    Posted on 8/8/08 - by Jeanette Thibault Helton Rice littlebit1017@internet49.com
    Always a smile and kind word. Russell, thoughts of you cross my mind often. How young and innocent we were! I treasure the memories of those happy, carefree days. I want you to know that Mark and I used to take flowers to your Mother on Mother's day for you. I am sorry to say that I have lost track of her over the years and also your daughter Denise, who I knew as a babe. I would welcome contact with them again to share memories of you. I will never forget you!
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  • army friends reunited

    Posted on 7/18/07 - by a j macdonald
    In may 97' I and my friend michael lesch visited your panel- 57e / row 24 .Michael sat down in front of your name Russell ,and cried his heart out.Now michael told me you were a friend during his army days ,I guess during AIT signal sch. @ ft gordon,Ga.- both being from Los Angeles,& probably both Venice HS.grads...Michael since passed away 7/05'-But when In DC @the wall you were honored as a true friend.
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