Still honor youPosted on 1/25/17 - by Karen PurewalI am 70 years old and I am still wearing the POW/MIA bracelet honoring Lieutenant Peter John Russell. I soldered it together a few times. The memory of your sacrifice is always in my heart. I thank you, and I wait for you to come home.MORE
Classmates at Aviation High SchoolPosted on 12/17/16 - by Anthony C. Darienzo firstname.lastname@example.orgPete and I, members of the class of 1965 were good friends. I have many memories of him. Most of all, how much he wanted to be a military pilot. I will always remember the time our Senior class visited the now closed Naval Air Station in Brooklyn, Floyd Bennet Field.MORE
It was three weeks before we graduated, and was essentially a recruitment trip. That morning, we all left the school by bus, and spent all day touring the Station. When it was time to leave, no one could locate Pete. He was visiting the Coast Guard recruiters at the field and as he saw our bus leaving he ran after it. The students starting yelling at the bus driver to stop, which the driver did, and Pete climbed on board the bus, and sat next to me. We spoke about what he learned about the requirements to become a Naval or Coast Guard Aviator. We graduated together a few weeks later and I never saw him again.
I have not forgotten him. We were typical wise cracking, know it all teenagers. In my year book, Mr. Peppenella one of our Science teachers and one of my personal favorites wrote: "Remember these days for they are good ones."
How right he was and how little we all knew what life had it store for us. God Bless my friend, Pete Russell.
I Finally See YouPosted on 11/11/16 - by Jennifer SaavedraCaptain Russell - Your name is something I have known almost my entire life. Your name is on my copper bracelet I received in 1970. I still have your bracelet. A few years ago I thought that maybe the internet would give me more information. I found your picture right away and when it popped up on the screen my breath was taken away. I gasped. There you were. You were right there. Captain Peter Russell, a man I never knew, a man who never came home, a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice for me. Thank you, Captain Russell. You have always been my hero.MORE
Captain Peter Russell-Posted on 8/1/16Sir, I got your name on the POW bracelet I bought. I wore it until the finish wore down to the copper and it broke in half. Iam almost 73now, and I wanted you to know that I haven't Forgotten you, and never will.. Thank you so much for your sacrifice an rest well. Probably see you one of these days,if I'm lucky. Rick FullertonMORE
POW BraceletPosted on 2/23/16 - by Lorie Moody Sewwhat14k@aol.comI just came upon my POW Bracelet that I wore in the early 1970's for Captian Peter Russell. So I googled his name and found the man that i wore the bracelet for. How rewarding to have found him and found out about him. Bless him for serving to keep us safe.MORE
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.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.