Daniel Joseph Rusnell
Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
Vestaburg, Michigan
February 18, 1946 to September 24, 1966
DANIEL J RUSNELL is on the Wall at Panel 11E, Line 10

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Daniel J Rusnell
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04 June 2005

Dan was a young man dedicated to his country and his family. He once told me he wanted to go so that others may not. His love of God and mankind was his strength. Not always was he strong, Oh yes he had his weaknesses too, but ask his friends, his teammates, his schoolmates and even his not so friendly foes and all would say he was one who would help whenever and where ever.

His strength, his devotion to God, country and family, is what he would want us to remember. He would not want to see tears and sorrow, yet it is hard to honor those wishes. As each name is read and remembered the love, tears, sorrow, plus pride, honor and respect fill our hearts. Dan, you are loved and missed.

From his sister.
E-mail address is not available.

12 May 2006

Even though I was only 12 years old when Danny was killed in Vietnam I still think of him and the love he gave to me as a "little sister". Danny was my brother-in-law, my friend and he is still dearly missed. He knew how to make me laugh and he took the time to entertain a young person. The bonfires on Bass Lake with the fresh hot chocolate he would make for me!!

One of my sons served as a Marine and another in the Navy. I am so proud of them for taking on the challenge. They grew up knowing their Uncle Dan was a Marine and served his country in Vietnam. We have displayed in our home a rubbing of Dan's name from the Wall, with pictures to remind us of our loved one who died for us.

From his sister-in-law,
Helen L. Corlew
E-mail address is not available.


A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 24 Sep 1966, Golf Company, 2/7 Marines, was one of the units involved in Operation Prairie in Quang Tri Province just south of the Demilitarized Zone. While moving through an unfamiliar area, the company came under intense mortar, machine-gun and sniper fire from what was later estimated to be a North Vietnamese regiment. By the time the fighting ended, Golf 2/7 had lost ten men, and Fox 2/7 two more:
  • Fox Company:
  • Golf Company:
    • Pfc Cecil E. Dorsey, Du Quion, IL
    • Pfc James E. Graham, Rochester, PA
    • Pfc John T. Klump, Marshallville, OH
    • Pfc Burns W. Knowlton, Pittsfield, ME
    • LCpl Rexford A. Larock, Parish, NY
    • HN Gerald C. McKeen, Sac City, IA (Navy Cross) (H&S Co with Golf 2/7)
    • Sgt Clyde Minix, North Judson, IN
    • Sgt Robert P. Minor, Philadelphia, PA
    • Pfc Howard G. Morrison, Elko, NV
    • Pfc Daniel J. Rusnell, Vestaburg, MI

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