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DONNIE HOWARD RUSSELL


is honored on Panel 9W, Line 116 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 9/22/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    At approximately 9:45 AM on July 3, 1970, a U.S. Navy 1000-gallon water truck from Naval Construction Mobile Battalion 62 (NMCB-62) was traveling south on Route 1D, one mile south of Nui Dat Son (Hill 55) in Quang Nam Province, RVN, when it detonated a 40lb. box mine, wounding two Naval personnel who were in the cab of the vehicle. They were medevacked by vehicle to Hill 55 and subsequently medivacked by helicopter to 1st Medical in Da Nang. Witnesses stated civilians were seen fleeing approximately 500 yards from the road indicating that the mine may have been command-detonated. About 25 minutes later, a M151 jeep from M Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines arrived on the scene where it detonated a similar-type mine. The blast destroyed the jeep and killed its two occupants, CPL William D. Frakes and SGT Donnie H. Russell. The explosion also killed a Seabee, BU2 Nelson M. Hyler, who was at the scene of the tanker truck ambush. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 6/22/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Sergeant Donnie Howard Russell, Served with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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  • Semper Fidelis

    Posted on 7/3/15 - by A Marine Corporal, Vietnam
    Semper Fidelis, Sergeant.
  • Friend and fellow soldier

    Posted on 7/6/14 - by Rick Axton
    I was a classmate of Donnie's. Vernon Berry (K I A) Donnie and I all had machine shop together are senior year. They were both wonderful guys! I too went to Viet Nam in 1969 and was one of the lucky ones. Wish the country would remember that we were soldiers. Rest in peace my bother!

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/3/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Donnie H Russell, 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
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