James Edward Russell was born on 18 April 1908 to James A. Russell and Sallie Katherine Webb. He was married to Ethel Lou Galliher.
Died of wounds 5 January 1945
Buried at Fitzsimmons Cemetery, Elizabethton, TN
325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Headquarters 2
Pvt Russell died in Belgium.
The Elizabethton Star, April 10, 1945
Five sons of Mrs. James (Sally) K. Russell of 412 Mill Street have joined the armed services. One was killed January 5; another received a medical discharge, another one is in camp in the states, another somewhere in France and the other one in the hospital at Daytona Beach recuperating after thirty-four months service in the South Pacific. The sons are Pvt. Carl Worley Russell, Pvt. Robert Russell, Pvt. Roscoe Russell Pvt. Paul Russell and Pvt. John E. Russell.
Pvt. John E. Russell, 36, entered service March 1942 and received his basic training at Camp Claiborne, La., and Ft. Bragg, N.C. Before entering service he was employed in Virginia. He died January 5 ,1945 in Belgium from wounds received in action. He was a member of the 325 Glider Infantry, 82nd “All American” Airborne Division. He was wounded in Belgium by the burst of an enemy artillery shell while his organization was occupying a front line position. He was buried in Belgium.
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 18 April 1908
- Date of death: 5 January 1945
- County: Carter
- Hometown: Elizabethton
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Fitzsimmons Cemetery, Elizabethton, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Bottom Panel
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