VIETNAM - RUSSELL, CHARLES M III

Russell, Charles M III

VIETNAM - RUSSELL, CHARLES M III
RUSSELL, CHARLES M III

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 64C – Motor Transport Operator

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 22-Jun-1944

Hometown: Pembroke, Georgia

Marital status: Married to Marie Russell

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 29-May-1962

Start of tour: 25-Sep-1969

Incident date: 24-Nov-1969

Date of casualty: 24-Nov-1969

Age at death: 25

Cause of death: Non-hostile, died of other causes. Accident. Vehicle loss or crash. Vehicle Crash (MC).
Charles M. Russell III was a passenger on an Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) burning grass with JP-4 fuel.  Fuel detonated prematurely when wind shifted.  In an attempt to avoid flames the from fire Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle moved causing individual to fall from vehicle into flames and vehicle ran over him.

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XU 732 078

Place of interment: Northumberland Cemetery, Northumberland, New Hampshire, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 16W 119 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

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