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  • A long Time Ago

    Posted on 2/17/17 - by John M Jett
    Here was a young man that loved life and tried to capture every moment. He was a hard worker in this rural farming community that we grew up in; cutting and splitting cords of firewood, tending live stock, farming, cutting and storing hay and all the other necessary chores on a farm. All the while, holding down a full time job at our local Electric Power company. Russell never refused to help someone less fortunate and was known throughout our community as an honest and fair young man. I fondly remember him as this big strong young man that always had time for us smaller ones. He would load up everyone on Friday evenings after our chores were done and carry us all to the movies in Leesville, La. And on the ride home, at every home we passed on our road he would be blowing his car horn. He was just a happy guy!
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/18/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Russell Lane Jett, 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
  • Final Mission of SP4 Russell L. Jett

    Posted on 1/7/16 - by
    Shortly after midnight on May 12, 1969, under cover of a moonless sky, two regiments of the 2nd NVA Division with support of local and regional units, a force of perhaps more than 2,500 soldiers, launched an offensive in the eastern third of Quang Tin Province, now part of present-day Quang Nam. This enemy force quickly gained control of nearly 80 percent of the targeted area, and threatened to overrun and capture several key allied military installations, including the provincial headquarters at Tam Ky. The U.S. Army’s 23rd Infantry Division, the Americal, was responsible for this tactical area of operation, but proved no match for the well-prepared, highly motivated, and determined enemy. On May 14, a Tactical Emergency was declared when the Americal called for help. Men and material were moved into the area to respond to their call. On the morning of May 18, Bravo Company, 1/501st Infantry began to climb Hill 187, north of LZ Professional. As the third platoon reached the summit, several enemy mortar rounds rained down. As the remainder of the company, joined by recon and mortar platoons, reached the top, a command post was established. Soon thereafter, enemy mortar crews had the CP bracketed. One round fell on each side and a third directly hit the CP. The company commander, CAPT John C. Pape, and the senior medic, SP4 Russell L. Jett, were killed in the blast, while the commander’s RTO and five others were wounded. [Taken from]
  • Thank You

    Posted on 5/18/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Spec. 4 Jett for your leadership and courage.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/1/07 - by Robert Sage
    Russell is buried at Oak Grove (Union) Cem, Vernon Par,LA.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.