Russell Slough, CPT, USA
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Last name: SLOUGH, First name: RUSSELL EUGENE
Home of Record (official): DIMMITT, State (official): TX
Date of Birth: Friday, September 1, 1944. Sex: Male. Race: Caucasian.
Marital Status: Single
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Branch: Army. Rank: CPT. Serial Number: 467660896.
Component: Regular. Pay grade: O3. MOS (Military Occupational
Specialty code): 1193
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Start of Tour: Friday, March 28, 1969
Date of Casualty: Wednesday, June 24, 1970
Age at time of loss: 25
Casualty type: (A2) Hostile, died of wounds
Reason: Artillery, rocket, mortar (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam. Province: Thua Thien
The Wall: Panel 09W - Row 089
Slough, Captain, U.S. Army, Field Artillery, died of wounds in
was a graduate of Texas A&M. We met at Fort Sill in Artillery
Officer's Basic Course in the summer of 1967. From there we went
to Ranger school where we were paired as Ranger buddies.
the Florida phase of Ranger school, I came down with serious
stomach cramps, probably from bad water or food poisoning. I
was about to drop out. Russ carried my gear and covered for me
for most of a day while I shook it off. If he had not done that
for me, I would never have made it.
went our separate ways and both ended up in Nam in 1969. I was
with 2/13 FA in II Corps, he was with the Fourth Division. One
day, we took log and there was an issue of Army Times in the
mailbag. I saw Russ listed as died of wounds.
I made a rubbing of his name on the Wall and have it framed in
was like the rest of us -- a young guy doing what he needed to
have tried to live for both of us since.