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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.

49th Co. U.S.M.C.
5th. Reg. 1st. Bat.
March 22, 1918
Dear Mother
It has been some time since I wrote you a letter. But I am getting along fine and I hope you and Mack are well.
The winter is over with here, and it is getting nice and warm now.
We have moved from where we were to this place and we expect to go up in the trenches in a few days for about a weeks instruction and then we move again.
This is a nice country, we are camped in the woods and the may flowers are in bloom, but a little noisy from the big guns, although we are out of range and safe, but we hear them day and night.
I have not received a letter from you since I have ben [been] in France. You must of got my address wrong so I am sending you a envelop that is addressed all you have to do is to write the letter put it in the envelop put a stamp on it and send it and then I am sure to get it. Tell me all the news. I have not heard from any of the others for a long time.
This is all for this time hoping you are feeling as well as I am
From your Son
With love
Arthur Russell
49th. Co. 5th. Reg. 1st. Bat.
U.S.M.C. A.E.F.
Best regards to all France
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG59.5.2
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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