Phillip Russell - Ravenoville

Phillip Russell - Ravenoville

Jirkal
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Joined: 09 Jul 2010, 02:43

21 Jan 2012, 15:50 #1

Hi all, I post this by petition of Irish Dave. He has been collecting the names of troopers who fought in the Marmion-Ravenoville area on D-Day. I told him about Phillip A. Russell from C. Co. 506th, who fought near Ravenoville in a crossroads, with some other 20 paratroopers for at least two days againsts the Germans. I post this here, maybe because someone has more information about his group, who also inclueded other Charley Co. men. Here is the link to a Veteran History Project interview 
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-storie ... 001.00120/
Also didnt Lt. Albert Hassenzahl's stick (C. Co. 506th) jumped near Ravenoville, where he and two other paratroopers from his same platoon (Michael “Mike” Krska and Walter J. Dargis), saw a ghostly appearanceof Lt. Kenneth A. Beatty, whos plane crashed near Picauville? I think this was written in some of Mark's books.
Greetings from Chile, Felipe.
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raveno44
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Joined: 02 Oct 2010, 17:44

21 Jan 2012, 16:54 #2

Hey Felipe
I have just read the transcript of Philip Russell's interview. You are absolutely correct! I have NO doubt Philip Russell 'was there' so his name will be added to the memorial. Thank You.
Is Philip Russell still with us? His testimony, from 2001 includes:  "...there was about probably five of us got together and we decided to bunk down there until it got daylight so we could see something, you know. I crawled in the bushes and went to sleep. And the next morning I'm getting out of the bushes and I hear somebody, "I'll get him. I'll get him." And there was YOSE, one of my buddies."
Now, we have another name: 'YOSE?' Anyone help ID this trooper? And who were the others in this small group? Now looks like the group fought at Ravenoville until relief arrived with 4th ID on D+1.
Later in the transcript, Philip Russell describes the death of 'Pappy Zoltz' near Carentan. This was  PFC Edward P. Zoltz, KIA on 11 June 1944. PFC Zoltz is mentioned in MB's 'The Screaming Eagles at Normandy' p.65 as being inside Marmion Farm with a Sgt Bill Knight, also C/506. PFC Zoltz killed a German who was locked in a knife fight with Sgt Knight.
Thanx to Mark the names of both Sgt Knight and PFC Zoltz are already listed for inclusion on the Raveno Memorial. PFC Edward P Zoltz will be one of thirteen KIA's further honoured by conifer trees named in their memory as living memorials.
This weekend I will post lists of those known to have fought, and died at Ravenoville/Marmion Farm. Felipe has identified Philip Russell who, but for his kindness in contacting me may well have been omitted from the memorial. There may well be other names out there - heroes all - rightfully deserving their place alondside their buddies on the panels of the memorial. Help them.
Quis Separabit?
Irish Dave
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Jirkal
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21 Jan 2012, 18:05 #3

Maybe "Yose" is Edward T. Yost from C. Co also?
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Jirkal
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21 Jan 2012, 18:11 #4

I've seen a pic from Russell and Yost together, so, I asume they were friends.
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raveno44
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21 Jan 2012, 18:21 #5

Hi Felipe
Better and better! Do you have a C/506 roster, or know anyone with a copy? Plus, any idea of the D-Day ranks of both Philip Russell and Edward Yost?
The photo of both troopers together - do you have a copy which could be scanned here on the forum?
Quis Separabit?
Irish Dave
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Jirkal
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21 Jan 2012, 20:06 #6

Phillip Rusell is the one from the left and  Edward Yost is the one next to himm Wayne D. Nearpass and Mac G. Hall. My guess is that both troopers were Privates during the Normandy jump.
And regarding to a roster, I just use the old Pulles roster. BUT remember, Im not sure if "Yose" is Ed Yost, the "nickname" is similar to his last name and they appear together in a photo, thats all.
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raveno44
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21 Jan 2012, 20:38 #7

Hi Felipe
Great work again! I'll keep an open mind on whether Yose = Yost. Hopefully, someone else here on the forum can confirm one way or the other? What say you, webmaster?
Quis Separabit?
Irish Dave
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Currahee101st
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Joined: 20 Jun 2011, 00:30

23 Jan 2012, 03:39 #8

Dave,



Just got conformation from Russell

Himself. See email.



Blue Skies,



Phillip
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Currahee101st
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23 Jan 2012, 03:45 #9

Dave,



P.S. Philip's d-day rank was pfc,

Buthe ended the war as a sgt.

Blue skies,



Phillip
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KlondikeFox
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Joined: 03 Mar 2008, 14:33

24 Jan 2012, 15:54 #10

All the guys pictured were D-day vets and they posed for that photo in Bruck,
Austria in 1945, as old timers in the Co., before Wayne Nearpass went home on
points.  I spoke with Wayne's son David yesterday and he added that his dad was
a bit older than the others and was warmly regarded as sort of a father figure.
Mac Hall was the company barber. All the guys pictured were buck privates on
D-day, except for Phil Russell, who was a Pfc.  Phil is still alive in NY state, I
last spoke with him in 2010.  He was still physically active at that time and jogging
daily with his wife, who is a couple of decades younger.
Phil is at far left in the Bruck photo, while Yost is 2nd from left.
Nearpass is behind the fence and Mac Hall is at far right
Pvt Edward T. Yost had ASN: 13115410
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