VETERAN OF THE WEEK NICK RUSSELL

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Beaufort’s Nick Russell, 86, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in San Francisco in 1953. After Boot Camp in San Diego and Advanced Combat and Aircraft Maintenance Training, he was assigned to jet fighter squadrons as a jet mechanic. His first tour in Vietnam was at Chu Lai after which he transitioned to 2nd LT. His second Vietnam tour was at Da Nang with a fighter squadron. He retired from the Marine Corps after a tour at MCAS Beaufort as a Captain, completing 20 years service. Many in our area know Nick from his 15 years with Beaufort County Public Works and 42 years with the Beaufort Water Search and Rescue.

– Compiled by John Chubb, American Legion Post 9. For nominations, contact jechubb1@gmail.com.

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