Phillip Russell - Ravenoville

raveno44
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24 Jan 2012, 16:17 #11

WAY TO GO, PHIL COLUMBO!
Got your mail, and replied. When you're old enough to leave the nest go North, young man and join 'The Mounties' (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). "They ALWAYS get their man!"
MB - thanks for 'fleshing out' the photo and confirming the name and rank for ED Yost.
Just wait till you see the lists of 'suspects' for the memorial panels. Boy, will I need your help...
Quis Separabit?
Irish Dave
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raveno44
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24 Jan 2012, 18:24 #12

Gentlemen...
Simply amazing! From an initial mail by TT member Jirkal from Chile - to my modest bit of spadework here in Normandy - to young Phil Columbo and the webmaster Stateside - the names of Phillip Russell, Ed Yost (and who knows - maybe more when I speak with Mr Russell) will now take their rightful place alongside the other heroes who liberated Ravenoville on D-Day on the panels of the Memorial. Outstanding teamwork by all concerned.
This alone validates the entire Raveno project and will serve as an inspiration for the long road ahead to June 6.
Quis Separabit?
Irish Dave
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philrussell
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29 Jan 2013, 15:26 #13

Saw a post about Ravenoville and the question was posed if I'm still around.  YES!
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currahee506
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29 Jan 2013, 15:48 #14

Welcome to the Forum Mr. Russell.  Wow!  Quite a treat.
I'm assuming you knew my buddy Joe Reed pretty well???
Rich
The point I was trying to make is that you have to be prepared to give to the people you lead. You must give in every way. You must give of your time, and you must be consistent in your treatment of them. You must never take from people you lead. Later, at Brécourt Manor, Compton did a fantastic job leading his men.

     
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adam517
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29 Jan 2013, 15:52 #15

Welcome Phil, it's a pleasure to have you on the forum!



Adam
Ignorance means life is lost.
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Currahee101st
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29 Jan 2013, 19:33 #16

Great to hear from you Phil! I'll give you a call soon. How are you and Donna?



Blue Skies,



Phil Russo
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raveno44
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29 Jan 2013, 20:30 #17

Gentlemen...
Irish Dave back at the keyboard following a (too) long news blackout! Been beavering away with projects unrelated to Ravenoland. Photos to follow soon with 'Raveno Relic' updates and other Raveno news.
Mr Philip Russell. I'm the transplanted Irishman who erected a memorial here in Ravenoville to you and the other heroes who fought to free the village on D-Day/D+1. The Memorial was unveiled on 6 June last year in the presence of six D-Day paratrooper veterans, including four from the 101st. Two of the veteran VIP guests - Don Burgett and Gene Cook - fought with A/506. Your name appears on the first of three panels recording the names of eighty-four known paratroopers from the 101st and 82nd Divisions.
Many of the names - your included - were offered by Trigger Time buddies, particularly the peerless Mark B. Mark and other TT regulars were also at the ceremony. It was quite a 'Rogue's Gallery!'
I'd love to connect with you directly. My email address is: [url=mailto:ravenoville44@gmail.com]ravenoville44@gmail.com[/url]
Quis Separabit?
Irish Dave
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philrussell
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29 Jan 2013, 23:30 #18

Joe Reed was my hero!  We were the 1st paratroupers into Toccoa when it was first called Camp Toombs.  Joe WAS "C" company.  He was my jump master going into operation Market Garden and all I had to do was look at him standing in the door and I knew everything was going to be alright.  Years later, Joe returned to Camp Toccoa and brought back a rock from Curahee which he gave to me.  At the infamous race between the NCOs and the COs, Joe took first place! 
Joe was closer than a brother ... loved the guy.  When I would give him a hug when we'd meet, he'd reply, "Russell, save your kisses for the Frenchmen!!!!"
Phil
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philrussell
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29 Jan 2013, 23:35 #19

Transplanted Irishman, thanks for the e-mail address.  Yes, we'll connect.  Anytime is good for me! 
Phil
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philrussell
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29 Jan 2013, 23:41 #20

Hey, back at you Columbo!
Phil
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