RUSSELL, KENNETH TRUMAN
RUSSELL, KENNETH TRUMAN
Rank / Branch:
3RD MARINE DIVISION
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KENNETH TRUMAN RUSSELL, CORPORAL, USMC, SAN ANGELO, TOM GREEN COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kenneth was born in San Angelo, Texas, the son of Lela Marie Turner and A.B. Russell. His parents divorced and he spent time between living with his mother and father. He spent most of his years living in San Angelo. He last attended San Angelo Lake View High School and was living with his great aunt, Mrs. Opal Turner. While at Lake View, he played football and was a running back. He married and due to not being able to participate in sports due to his marriage, he moved to Perry, Oklahoma and lived with his uncle. He was the father of Gina Lynn born in 1965. While at Perry, Oklahoma High School, he was named to the Class A, All-State Team, as he had been the leading scorer in Oklahoma for the 64-65 school year. He graduated from Perry High School with the Class of 65 and then attended Conner College of Warner, Oklahoma on scholarship.
All-State-Perry High School-Fall of 1964
Kenneth Russell-Perry High School-1965
While in college, his marriage ended and in January 1966, he entered the U.S. Marine Corp. He completed recruit training at the Marine Corp Recruit Training Depot at San Diego, California and Infantry ITR at Camp Pendleton, California. He completed sniper school and was promoted to Corporal in under two years in the Marine Corp. He also had assignments at other stateside Marine stations.
PFC Rissell and Mother at Graduation from Boot Camp-1966
PFC Russell and Wife at Graduatiion from Boot Camp
Russell and Daughter 1966
He began his tour in Vietnam in Vietnam in February 1967 and was assigned as a squad leader with H&S Company, Scout/Sniper Platoon, HQ Company, 26th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. Within a few days after being assigned he was a part of a Battalion Landing Team. Beginning at 8 AM, 16 February 1967, BLT 1/4 conducted an amphibious assault in the coastal area halfway between Tam Quan and Duc Pho in what became known as Deckhouse VI. During the operation, he denotated a land mine and was killed. He was the first casualty of the operation which lasted over several weeks.
Corp Russell in Okinawa before Vietnam Tour-Nov 66
He was buried with full military honors at the Fairmont Cemetery in San Angelo, Texas. He was survived by his daughter, his father, A.B. Russell, a fireman with the City of San Angelo Fire Department and his mother Lela Marie Bayer of Los Angeles, California. He was also survived by his brothers, Larry B. And Roy G. Russell of San Angelo and his sister, Patty Lee Russell, also of San Angelo. Also surviving were his grandparents, Mrs. Johnie Brazeal of San Angelo and Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Turner of Slaton, Texas.
Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas