SP4 TERRY RUSSELL
L. Russell, age 68, of Camp Hill passed away on Sunday, August 10th, 2014 at the
Holy Spirit Hospital. He was born in Millersburg, PA the son of the late
George and Mary Boyer Russell.
Terry was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War and recipient of the Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was a graduate of Penn St University and a member of its' alumni association. He retired from the Patriot-News.
Surviving are two sisters Nancy R. Kehler of Mechanicsburg and her companion Jan Sponseller and Susan J. Thomas and her husband Jeffrey of Collierville,TN; two nephews Tom Kehler of New Cumberland and John Kehler of Etters; three nieces Nanette Kehler of Harrisburg, Melissa Brown of Olive Branch, MS and Meredith Durbeck of Richmond, VA; 6 great nieces and nephews; two aunts Blanche Shadle of Millersburg and Bernice Weaver of Elizabethville.
Graveside services with military honors will be held on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at Ft Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.
Donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project 301 Grant St. Suite 900 Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Arrangements by Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. To send condolences go to www.hbfuneralhomes.com.
Here is a postcard I received from Terry as he was very busy packing up to leave for the A/2/9 deployment to Vietnam:
"Hi Tom. Hope your Christmas
is a bright and happy one. Guess what? We're headed for the big game very
shortly. You should be here and see the work that's involved. I thought I'd
break down many times. Everything at once. I doubt if we'll be here for New
Years although A's ("A" Battery) to go the on the 5th. Got 15 new
people one day and still coming. You've never heard such talk like now. If I
don't come back, remember I died for your freedom. We all must agree we are
scared, but some bravo's hate to admit it. We're working overtime even on the
holidays. Well, Tom, I wish I could write more oftener, but you know how it is.
of luck for '66.
have tried to find Terry over the last few years and unfortunately, today
finally came across his obituary. Terry and I trained with the 2nd Battalion,
9th Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He was in "A" Battery and
I was in Headquarters Battery. I was discharged in Sep Ď65 and about Christmas
time of Ď65 Terry had written me a note about going to Vietnam. When Terry
returned we had gotten together a couple of times to share training stories and
his stories of Vietnam. I had moved to NJ and hadnít kept in touch with Terry
and tried all different ways to contact him years later. So, time just passed
and we were never to meet again. Today, I did a lot of internet research and
found his obituary and was sorry to read the sad news. Terry was a good friend
and I'm sorry I wasnít able to find him before his passing. The 2/9th
artillery has a web site that if you are interested you can visit it at www.themightyninth.org.
on the Photo Gallery link at the top of the Homepage and scroll down and on the
right column. Click on Gene Tomkoski and you will get some photos of the troops
and a note that Terry had sent to me about his orders to Vietnam. And, you will
see a lot of other photos and notes from those who proudly served.