Russ, James Erwin


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 13A – Field Artillery Basic

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: Forward Observer attached to C Troop, 1/11 ACR

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 7-Oct-1947

Hometown: Grayling, Michigan

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 14-Feb-1969

Start of tour: 29-Jul-1969

Incident date: 15-May-1970

Date of casualty: 23-May-1970

Age at death: 22

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
James Erwin Russ died of wounds received in Cambodia while at a night defensive position when the area came under mortar attack by a hostile force. He was admitted to a military medical facility in Vietnam and later expired. / At night defensive position (NDP).  Area came under hostile mortar attack.  Admitted to 45th Surgical Hospital, Tay Ninh, on 15 May 1970 at 0330 hrs and placed on Very Serious List (VSI) on 15 May 1970 at 1100 hrs.  Transferred to 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, on 15 May 1970 at 0230 hrs.

Location of fatality: Cambodia, XU 300 196

Place of interment: Maple Hill Cemetery, Cadillac, Michigan, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 10W 087 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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