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JOSEPH SHAW ROSS

  • Wall Name:JOSEPH S ROSS
  • Date of Birth:1/26/1943
  • Date of Casualty:8/1/1968
  • Home of Record:FT THOMAS
  • County of Record:CAMPBELL COUNTY
  • State:KY
  • Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
  • Rank:CAPT
  • Panel/Row:50W, 45
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:NZ

SCOTT GARY SMITH

  • Wall Name:SCOTT G SMITH
  • Date of Birth:6/5/1947
  • Date of Casualty:8/1/1968
  • Home of Record:BERKELEY
  • County of Record:ST. LOUIS COUNTY
  • State:MO
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:50W, 45
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

PETER JOHN RUSSELL


is honored on Panel 50W, Row 45 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Won't Forget

    Posted on 5/27/14 - by Valerie Moran
    Wore 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....
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  • Holiday thoughts of Capt. Peter John Russell

    Posted on 12/17/13 - by Betty
    Think 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 !
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  • Same Name

    Posted on 12/13/13 - by Peter John Russell from the UK
    I 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.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/1/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain Peter John 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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  • If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Peter John RUSSELL, USA...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!

    Posted on 3/11/12 - by
    If 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.
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  • A tribute to Peter John Russell

    Posted on 12/22/08 - by Joe Vallecorsa ('67/'68) Army vallecja@sce.com
    You 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.

    Rest in Peace and God Bless you.

    A fellow Vietnam Veteran
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  • REMEMBERED

    Posted on 4/2/08 - by BETTY vegbet@comcast.net
    I STILL WEAR HIS BRACELET. THINK OF HIS FAMILY OFTEN. GOD BLESS
  • We Remember

    Posted on 4/3/05 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Peter has a military stone in his honor at Long Island Nat Cem.
  • A Boyhood Hero

    Posted on 11/3/04 - by Pat Bernardo lbernar1@optonline.net
    I 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.
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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE FINE YOUNG ARMY SOLDIERSWHOSE NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

    Posted on 11/2/04 - by CLAY MARSTON cmarston@interlog.com
    CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER
    WILLIAM FERNAN
    AGE 26

    SPECIALIST 6
    DONALD RANDALL FOWLER
    AGE 19

    STAFF SERGEANT
    STEVEN MORRIS HASTINGS
    AGE 19

    CAPTAIN
    PETER JOHN RUSSELL
    AGE 21


    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


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  • Not Forgotten

    Posted on 2/22/03 - by Candace Lokey
    I 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.

    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:

    Candace Lokey
    PO Box 206
    Freeport, PA 16229
    mlokey@aol.com

    If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :

    www.pow-miafamilies.org
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  • Posted on 5/5/02 - by Tim Peters
    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.
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  • your MIA bracelet

    Posted on 5/31/01 - by S. Thomas
    I 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.