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Age:   26
Hometown: Portland, TX
Date of Death: 11/15/2003
Incident Location: Mosul, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assaul
Unit's Base: Fort Campbell, Ky.

Friends remember Sgt. John W. Russell as a popular and charming jokester. "Anyone who ever met John saw he was so full of life," said April Fielder-Clark, who had known Russell since she was 3. "I don''t know too many people who have as many friends as John. No one was safe from his jokes, but it was all in good fun." Russell, 26, of Portland, Texas, died Nov. 15 when two Black Hawk helicopters collided in Iraq. He was based at Fort Campbell. Gen. Jack Gardner presented Russell''s parents and wife with a Bronze Star during his funeral. "He distinguished himself as a selfless soldier," Gardner said. "His company commander said he was a very talented guy, who was highly respected, and highly liked by everyone."
Source: Associated Press
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