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Admin/Biog History 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. After the war he was a lumberjack in northern Wisconsin. He 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.
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Collection Arthur Russell
Dates of Accumulation 1917
Abstract Letter from Gunnery Sergeant Arthur Russell, 49th Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Brigade, 2nd Division to his mother in Oshkosh.

Feb. 3rd. 1918
49th Co. U.S.M.C.
France
Dear Mother
I have ben [been] over here for about three weeks and am getting along fine. I am sorry that I have forgot how to talk French, if I could talk as well as I did when I was a kid I could get along a lot better with these people, but I can learn. We are a long way from any fighting yet, and we are only training. We had a fine trip over here on the boat, and was at sea Christmas. I am in fine health so do not worry over me, but take good care of yourself.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG59.5.1
Object Name Letter
Location of Originals photographs from 1899-1916
People Russell, Arthur
Subjects Soldiers
Marines (Military personnel)
World War I
Casualties
Death
Death & burial
United States Marine Corp
Title Letter
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