Arthur Russell, United States Marine

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Collection Arthur Russell
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Description Photographic Print of Arthur Russell, United States Marine.
Year Range from 1906
Event Philippine Insurection
Year range to 1909
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Composite photograph of Arthur Russell, United States Marine. The head shot was taken between may 1906 and January 1909 when Russell was a member of the 2nd Marine Regiment stationed in the Philippines. He is wearing a campaign hat decorated with an Eagle Globe and Anchor; brass #2, and a letter "F". The body was shot at a later date and shows a dress blue uniform with Eagle Globe and Anchor insignia on the collars; Campaign Ribbons on the chest; Fourragere cord on the left shoulder; and sergeants' chevrons on the sleeves. Problems with this image are that Russell was not promoted to sergeant until 1914 and he was no longer a member of the 2nd Regiment and the Fouragere was not awarded to the Marines until after World War I and Russell had been killed. The campaign hat was never worn with the dress uniform and Russell did not receive his campaign ribbons until after his death when they were sent to his mother. It appears that his head was superimposed on top of a circa 1919 image of a marine in dress blues, some time prior to 1935.
Arthur Russell Was born in Oshkosh, WI on October 30, 1878. His parents were Joseph and Delia Russell. Their names appear in no city directories or County records. Following Joseph's death, Delia married Patrick McNamee of Rosendale, WI. He was a blacksmith and Civil War veteran from Illinois. Arthur enlisted in the Army during the Spanish American War and served in the #20 Pack Train, Quartermaster Department as a Teamster in Puerto Rico. Following the war, he worked in lumber camps in northern Wisconsin. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Bemidge, ME on Feb. 20, 1906. According to his obituary he was in the Great White Fleet that sailed around the world from 1907-1909. He may have also been a member of Company A, 2nd Regiment United States Marines stationed in the Philipines in 1908 (see photographs). He re-enlisted in 1910 and again in 1914. He qualified as Sharpshooter in 1908 and Expert Rifleman in 1911. He was promoted to Corporal in 1912, Sergeant 1914, and Gunnery Sergeant in 1916. He served onboard the USS Washington in 1911; and the USS Rhode Island in 1912 as 1st Gun Pointer. He saw action in the Nicaraguan Campaign 1912; the Panama Campaign 1912; the Nicaraguan Expeditionary Force in 1913 and engaged in two battles; and Santa Domingo in 1916 as part of the 26th Company, 4th Marine Regiment. In 1917 he was a Drill Instructor for new recruits at Quantico, VA and later assigned to the 49th Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Brigade, 2nd Division in World War I. His unit arrived in France in January 1918, and he was killed in action during the bloodiest day in Marine Corps history to that date, at Belleau Wood on June 6, 1918. His company and one other company assaulted Hill 142 and captured it from the Germans prior to the assault on the woods. His body was burried in France, but reinterred at Riverside Cemtery in 1921.
Object ID P2003.17.6
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Russell, Arthur
Place Philippines
Print size 4" x 6"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Marines (Military personnel)
United States Marine Corp
Philippine Insurection
Title Arthur Russell, United States Marine
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