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RUSSELL VIVEIROS ALMEIDA


is honored on Panel 4E, Line 29 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Burial Location

    Posted on 12/20/18 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Lance Corporal Almeida's place of burial, as reported in the Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties, is in St. Johns Cemetery, New Bedford MA.
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  • Russell Almeida Honor

    Posted on 11/13/18 - by Morgan Almeida
    Dear Russell,
    Thank you so much for your service. You never met me, but I am honored to be your great niece. Thank you for your bravery and honor. Rest in peace. Love you.

    Morgan
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  • Burial Site

    Posted on 6/3/17 - by Ed Klek D 1-1 Vietnam 1966
    I live about 10 miles from Russell's home town. I'll like to visit the burial site and pay my respects to this hero Marine. Does anyone know where this Nave Cross hero is buried ?
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  • Navy Cross Citation

    Posted on 12/20/16 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Russell Vieveiros Almeida
    Date of birth: 11-Sep-46
    Date of death: December 20, 1965
    Home of record: South Dartmouth Massachusetts
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Navy Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal Russell Vieveiros Almeida (MCSN: 2083359), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company C, Third Engineer Battalion, THIRD Marine Division ( Reinforced ). Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam on 20 December 1965. Lance Corporal Almeida was part of a combat engineer element assigned to Company K, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines for anti-mine warfare and demolition support. While accompanying the Second Platoon, Company K through a hostile area in the vicinity of Duysen Son 2, Lance Corporal Almeida was called upon to neutralize an M-26 grenade booby trap device and to define a safe lane for passage of the infantry platoon. He fearlessly approached the booby trap device which was triggered when he was within a few feet of the grenade. Although Lance Corporal Almeida was aware that the grenade was armed and detonation was imminent, he, with total disregard for his own safety, turned toward the deadly device, stepping between it and his fellow Marines. As he reached for the grenade he was mortally wounded by its deadly explosion. His act of heroism and personal sacrifice saved several nearby Marines from certain injury and possible death. Lance Corporal Almeida's daring initiative, courageous actions and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

    Action Date: 20-Dec-65

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Lance Corporal

    Company: Company C

    Battalion: 3d Engineer Battalion

    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/27/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR LANCE CORPORAL ALMEIDA,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A COMBAT ENGINEER.
    SEMPER FI AND REST IN PEACE.
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