Gone but not forgotten.Posted on 8/15/14I also have a bracelet that I wore for 9 years, it became a part of me for so long. I would love to send it to a family.MORE
We Grew up togetgerPosted on 8/1/14 - by Bill DeClementeI lived on 102nd St. & 85th Ave. I'm Billy DeClemente the day I was discharged 22nd Dec. 1966 I was walking out of HDQ. in Ft. Benning Georgia I heard a voice yell "hay Billy" "I stopped and turned it was Peter Russell" we ecghanged greeting I was on my way home a free man, he was going to be a helicopter pilot like his father before him,MORE
The only news I every received after that was seeing his heart broken father at Shea Stadium addressing the audience searching for MIA's
A few years ago I reached his sister Ann and related the story. It's a long time since the ball games on 102nd St. & 85th Ave.There was Brian, John. Ann,Maureen, Pete, Tony and the 50t's ruled I miss you all....my heard goes out to Peter's Family Lova ya....Bill
Peter Russell was very specialPosted on 8/1/14 - by Brian McNerneyPeter and I both lived on 102nd St. Peter was very caring. He was the first guy to help our older residence during a power outage. He knocked on all their doors with candles to make sure they were OK.MORE
Peter was quiet but very patriotic. If you were a friend of Peters, you were a friend for life. He would do anything for you loved his family very much. Such a tragic loss because he had so much more to give.
Won't ForgetPosted on 5/27/14 - by Valerie MoranWore your bracelet for years Capt. Russell. Still have it and would be happy to return to your family should they want to have it.....rest peacefully....MORE
Holiday thoughts of Capt. Peter John RussellPosted on 12/17/13 - by BettyThink of him often these many years as I look at the bracelet with his name on. How brave he was and how he served this great country. Remembering him as a true American hero !!! Never forget !MORE
Same NamePosted on 12/13/13 - by Peter John Russell from the UKI came across this dedication and was taken aback by the thoughts of the contributors, remembering someone with the same name as me and wish to add my healing thoughts to all those that knew this brave man who fought and died for his country.MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 8/1/13 - by Curt CarterDear Captain Peter John Russell, sirMORE
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
If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Peter John RUSSELL, USA...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!Posted on 3/11/12 - byIf I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine,...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.MORE
A tribute to Peter John RussellPosted on 12/22/08 - by Joe Vallecorsa ('67/'68) Army firstname.lastname@example.orgYou were among the brave who answered the call. You honored our country by your service and supreme sacrifice. Know that you are not forgotten. Your countrymen honor and remember you each time we stand and sing the words "...for the land of the free and the home of the brave.MORE
Rest in Peace and God Bless you.
A fellow Vietnam Veteran
REMEMBEREDPosted on 4/2/08 - by BETTY email@example.comI STILL WEAR HIS BRACELET. THINK OF HIS FAMILY OFTEN. GOD BLESS
We RememberPosted on 4/3/05 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgPeter has a military stone in his honor at Long Island Nat Cem.
A Boyhood HeroPosted on 11/3/04 - by Pat Bernardo email@example.comI grew up right across the street from Peter Russell on 102nd street in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY. I was in Junior HS when he was declared MIA. I have a vivid memory of how he once patiently taught me how to throw a football as a young boy in the schoolyard by our house. I can still see and feel his hand as he placed mine over that worn leather ball. I went on to become a physical education teacher, and I have a burning memory of that experience everytime I teach a class. He was a person I looked up to, as a person who went to fight for us in Vietnam. Those lazy summer days, before all the technological advances - computers, cell phones, etc. were days of Spaldeen ball games, tag, stickball, and tops - even bottlecaps in the street. I am now 46 and I have told my own 8 year old about him as a hero, and wish his family well. I remember many neighborhood kids wearing his bracelet. Thanks Peter for being my 1st hero. In the wake of the tragedies of 9-11, I now understand a little better why war is sometimes necessary. Thanks Peter for making the ultimate sacrifice for America. God Bless you and your family. I will never forget you.MORE
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE FINE YOUNG ARMY SOLDIERSWHOSE NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER MOREPosted on 11/2/04 - by CLAY MARSTON firstname.lastname@example.orgCHIEF WARRANT OFFICERMORE
DONALD RANDALL FOWLER
STEVEN MORRIS HASTINGS
PETER JOHN RUSSELL
240TH ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY
214TH AVIATION BATTALION
12TH AVIATION GROUP
ON AUGUST 1, 1968
THESE ARMY SERVICEMEN COMPRISED THE CREW OF
ONE UH1C HELICOPTER IN A FLIGHT OF TWO ON A
COMBAT MISSION BUT DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
AND POOR VISABILITY THIS MISSION WAS ABORTED.
THEIR HELICOPTER BECAME SEPARATED WHILE THEY
ATTEMPTED TO RETURN TO SONG BE AIRSTRIP.
ONE AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO THE TREES AND THE
CREWMEMBERS WERE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING MORNING.
RADIO CONTACT WAS LOST WITH THE FIRST HELICOPTER
AFTER THEIR LAST TRANSMISSION AT 2025 HRS.
AT THAT TIME THE HELICOPTER COMMANDER INDICATED
THAT HE WAS DIVERTING TO BINH HOA AIR BASE
RATHER THAN CONTINUING ON TO THE SONG BE BASE.
WHEN THE AIRCRAFT FAILED TO ARRIVE AT EITHER
BINH HOA OR SONG BE SEARCH EFFORTS WERE BEGUN
AT DAYLIGHT AND CONTINED FOR THREE DAYS.
ON AUGUST 6, WRECKAGE OF THE HELICOPTER WAS
DISCOVERED, AND ON AUGUST 21, A RECOVERY EFFORT
WAS CONDUCTED IN THE AREA OF THE AIRCRAFT AND
IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE HELICOPTER HAD
CRASHED BUT NOT BURNED. DURING THE RECOVERY
EFFORT PORTIONS OF REMAINS WERE FOUND THAT WERE
IDENTIFIED AS CWO FERNAN, ALONG WITH SOME
PERSONAL EFFECTS WHICH WERE PROVEN TO HAVE
BELONGED TO HIM. ONLY FLIGHT HELMETS WERE
FOUND FOR THE OTHER THREE INDIVIDUALS BUT NO
TRACE OF THEM WAS EVER FOUND IN SUBSEQUENT
SEARCH EFFORTS AND THEY WERE CLASSIFIED AS
MISSING IN ACTION.
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
13 February 1999
Not ForgottenPosted on 2/22/03 - by Candace LokeyI have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.MORE
We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:
PO Box 206
Freeport, PA 16229
If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :
Peter Russell was my classmate in Infantry OCS and roommate at our first duty assignment at Ft. Jackson. As I went to Vietnam as an Infantry Officer, Pete went to flight school and married. He arrived in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. Pete's chopper went down in bad weather and he apparently became a POW. Neither he nor his remains have been found or returned. When he married he sent me his wedding picture which I sealed in plastic. The front of the picture was ruined by the rain of Vietnam. His written comments on the back of the picture have remained clear. I have carried that picture and those comments in my wallet all these years. You are not forgotten old friend. I still feel the pain of your loss. I pray you rest in peace and that your remains will someday be returned home.MORE
your MIA braceletPosted on 5/31/01 - by S. ThomasI wore and still have your MIA bracelet. I never knew until today if you were on the wall. Our generation will never forget you.
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.