David 'Russ' Russell
Russ was born in Auburn in Nebraska on September 15, 1920. Russ was the oldest of four children, a girl and three boys. He was 19 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November of 1939. Russ was assigned to the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma as a Seaman 1st Class. He arrived in Pearl Harbor on the Oklahoma in mid-October 1941. Russ survived the December 7, 1941 Japanese surprise attack escaping from the Oklahoma just before it capsized. He was later assigned to a destroyer, the U.S.S. Mahan, and survived the sinking of that ship on December 7, 1944. Russ saw post-war duty in Japan, and served during the Korean War, retiring from the Navy in1960. He then spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force working as a civilian employee before retiring in 1980. Russ now resides in Albany, OR and turned 99 on September 15, 2019. He went on his Honor Flight in May 2014.
Click on the pictures to expand and learn more.