Gosh, it’s a small world.
I have recently been contacted by a 19 year old WWII enthusiast in France. He recently found the military certificate of Lt. Samuel E “Sam” Russell buried in the grounds of a former US Staging area near Marseille. He is after a photo and more information on Sam.
Based on my research and the documentation I have on hand, Lt. Samuel E Russell was originally with the 414th as a navigator and was transferred to the 417th in October of 1944 in Le Vallon, France.
Lt. Russell lived to be 100 and passed away quite recently (18 Nov 21). I think this would make Sam one of the longest living 417th members. I would love to tell his story and share a photo.
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