Russell James Peek

Private First Class
Army of the United States
03 November 1947 - 02 July 1966
Pensacola, Florida
Panel 08E Line 121


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Russell James Peek

21 Dec 2003

To the tall young man who arrived at the Regiment when I did.

This is dedicated to you and every member of the 18th Infantry.

"Whether he survived or not;
     Whether he was fortunate serving, or not;
         Whether he fought or not;
             Whether he did his time or not;
                 Whether he remembers,or he doesn't."

- James Jones -

J. Hudson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The "El Paso" operations in Binh Long Province during the period 19 May - 03 Sep 1966 were intended to locate, pin, and destroy the 271st, 272nd, and 273rd Regiments of the 9th VC Division and by so doing secure Highway 13 and protect the city of An Loc from enemy attack. The battles of Ap Tau O (08 June), Srok Dong (30 June - 02 July), and An Hoa (09 July) were fought in this campaign. In the first major encounter on 08 June, the 272nd VC Regiment ambushed A Troop, 1/4 Cavalry, on Route 13. The infantry arrived too late to be a factor, but did kill around 100 of the enemy. Later, the 2/28th Infantry fought the 273rd VC Regiment northwest of Loc Ninh.

On 30 June, an ambush by the 271st VC Regiment at Srok Dong along Route 13 heavily damaged B Troop, 1/4 Cavalry. C Troop, 1/4 Cav, and the infantrymen of 2/28 Infantry joined what became a three-day battle. Thirty-seven American soldiers are known to have died in the fight, but the VC left 270 bodies on the field and there were 15 VC POWs.

On 02 July 1966 the 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry, lost 18 men - five from Headquarters Company, ten from A Company, and three from C Company. They were

  • A Company:
    • SGT Charles V. Howard, Brimley, MI
    • SP4 Michael F. Jack, Monson, MA
    • SP4 James E. Vause, Wenonah, NJ
    • PFC Gerald L. Berg, Reading, PA
    • PFC Hansel Brown, Council, NC
    • PFC Anthony Capriglione, Ozone Park, NY
    • PFC Bernard E. Curtis, Upper Marlboro, MD
    • PFC Gary L. Newport, Roseburg, OR
    • PFC Frank Ogburn, Burlington, NJ
    • PFC Jay W. Reynolds, Indianapolis, IN

  • C Company:
    • SP4 Dennis L. Burton, West Lafayette, IN
    • PFC Charles L. Chatmon, Ailey, GA
    • PFC Eliazar E. Garza, San Antonio, TX

  • HQ Company:

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Dec 2003
Last updated 08/10/2009