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  • Date of Birth:8/31/1949
  • Date of Casualty:3/17/1971
  • Home of Record:KANSAS CITY
  • County of Record:CASS COUNTY
  • State:MO
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row: 4W, 57
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI


  • Wall Name:ALAN B BOFFMAN
  • Date of Birth:6/8/1946
  • Date of Casualty:3/18/1971
  • Home of Record:NORFOLK
  • County of Record:CITY OF NORFOLK
  • State:VA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:1LT
  • Panel/Row: 4W, 57
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:LZ


is honored on Panel 4W, Row 57 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Still remembering a good guy.

    Posted on 9/10/15 - by Bob Cammaroto
    Russ, it has now been, gosh, over 47 years since we sat next to each other in
    Mr. Toronto's music class at Selden Junior High. Yet, it truly seems like yesterday.
    But, you had bigger fields to conquer - and, did.
    I remember your laugh and that broad smile, which you had always
    at the ready! Thank you for the "bright moments".

    Well done, be thou at rest.

    Will see you again, soon.
  • You went above and beyond!

    Posted on 8/8/15 - by Rambo1941@Yahoo. com
    Muck thanks and appreciation for your sacrifice Russ. You are a truly special kind of person. You will be in rememberance always. You gave your life for others, and you are truly honored for this. Iam sure you are missed greatly by those who love you and knew you.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 1/28/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP5 Russell George Ahrens, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • You are not forgotten

    Posted on 5/27/13 - by Dave Hansen

    Russ was a courageous soldier and fine human being. We miss him

  • Photo of grave of Russell George Ahrens

    Posted on 4/23/09
  • My Old Friend

    Posted on 9/26/08 - by Christopher Nelson (Chapperon)
    I was deeply saddened to find Russell's name among the Vietnam War KIA. I had no idea... hadn't seen him since we moved from Selden in 1965. To think that I was starting my adult life in 1971 around the same time he lost his. Rest well, old friend.
  • thank you

    Posted on 3/13/07 - by
    Thank you grandpa
    for making us safe
    thank you for your sacrifice
    although i never met you
    im sure you were very kind
    to have been able to give up your life
    for us
    for all of us

    a thank you from your family in Indiana
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 1/23/06 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

  • We Remember

    Posted on 2/18/05 - by Robert Sage
    Russell is buried at Long Island Nat Cem.
  • Thank you for your sacrifice

    Posted on 3/18/04 - by Rusty Collins
    As part of the Gridley High School Posting Project I would like to thank you for the Ultimate Sacrifice you made during the war. You will not be forgotten. Thank you
  • For my cousin Russell

    Posted on 4/25/03 - by paul tuckhorn
    For Russell, you are remembered and honored.If any of your sisters read this, I would like to hear from them. We all grew up on Long Island and your grandmother was a sister to my grandmother, Annette Krause. I remember visiting your house in Selden with my family, the Tuckhorns. Paul Tuckhorn,
  • Thank you

    Posted on 3/18/03 - by Jessica Rapp
    Dear Sir~
    I can't imagine what it would be like be in the war at such a young age. It would be awfully hard to leave my family and all like u had to. You were very brzve to do that and you will always be remembered. Thank you for all you did for America and GOD BLESS!
  • On Memorial Day

    Posted on 5/27/02
    On this day you are not forgotten.
    An Ahrens

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