Russell, Harold John, Sgt

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Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF 659-Instructor (Designated Subject)
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1944, AAF 659, 13th Airborne Division
Service Years
1941 - 1944


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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Russell, Harold John, Sgt.
Contact Info
Home Town
North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Last Address
Needham, Massachusetts
Buried at Lakeview Cemetery, Wayland, Massachusetts.

Date of Passing
Jan 29, 2002
Location of Interment
Lakeview Cemetery - Wayland, Massachusetts
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Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Post 1Famous People Who ServedPost -
  1944, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 1 (Member) (Roslindale, Massachusetts) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2015, Famous People Who Served [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, American Legion, Post - (North Easton, Massachusetts) - Chap. Page

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Last Known Activity
Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, he moved to the United States and served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during WW II. He was an instructor in parachuting and explosives. On June 6, 1944, he was training troops at Camp MacKall North Carolina. A charge exploded in his hands, resulting in the loss of both hands. In 1946 he was in the movie "The Best Years of Our Lives", portraying a war veteran Homer Parrish, who had lost both hands in the Navy. For his role in the movie, he won TWO academy awards, one for best supporting actor, and a second special award for "bringing aid and comfort to disabled veterans through the medium of motion pictures". Harold Russell was the only person to ever receive two academy awards for the same role. After the war, Russell wrote two books, served three tours as national commander of AMVETS and worked as a major advocate for disabled veterans. The top annual award of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is called The Harold Russell Medal. Mr. Russell became so adept with the hooks that replaced his hands, that he would often joke that he could do anything but pick up a dinner check with them.
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   1941-1944, AAF 659, 13th Airborne Division

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13th Airborne Division Unit Page
AAF 659-Instructor (Designated Subject)
Camp MacKall
North Carolina
 13th Airborne Division Details

13th Airborne Division
The 13th Airborne Division was an airborne formation in the United States Army during World War II, and was commanded by Major General Eldridge Chapman.[1] It was officially activated in August 1943 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, remaining active until February 1946, but never saw combat.
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Infantry Divisions
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13th Airborne Division

Chapman, Elbridge, MG, (1917-1946) USA 00GC Major General
Molitor, Eric, BG, (1918-1954) FA 1193 Brigadier General
Monroe, Hammond, BG, (1918-1953) USA 00GD Brigadier General
Carr, Harold Stelman, PFC, (1942-1945) IN 345 Private First Class
Huntley, Thurman, PFC, (1944-1946) IN 745 Private First Class
Harris, Hugh Pate, GEN, (1931-1965) Lieutenant Colonel
Rogers, Milton David, S/Sgt, (1942-1945) Staff Sergeant
Washburn, Lark L, Cpl, (1942-1945) Corporal
Ballinger, George Ruddy, Pvt, (1942-1945) Private
Burnham, Owen Wallace, Pvt, (1942-1945) Private

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