JOHN  O'DONNELL MARINE VET HONORING A YOUNG BRAVE MARINE HERO THIS MAN HAS GIVEN OF HIMSELF EVERTHING HE COULD, SO THAT HIS BROTHER MARINES AND THE PEOPLE BACK HOME COULD LIVE A MORE PEACEFUL LIFE. THIS GIFT OF HIS LIFE SHOWS THE GREATNESS OF THIS HERO. HERO'S DON'T WEAR A CAPE OR MASK NO! THEY WEAR MARINE GREEN.HERO'S COME IN DIFFERENT SHAPE'S AND SIZE'S. AS EACH DAY PASSES,WE MUST TAKE THE TIME TO REMEMBER WHAT THIS HERO GAVE UP! SO THAT WE COULD LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY. THANK YOU ! SEMPER FI! HERO YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN DOSEN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE A 2YR, 3YR, 4YR, ENLISTMENT OR A DRAFTEE OR RESERVIST,OFFICER OR ENLISTED YOU HAVE EARNED THE TITTLE OF U.S. MARINE! A NATION CRIES OUT FOR THE LOSS OF ITS SON.
May 18, 2014
Bill  Knoop firstname.lastname@example.org My Squad Leader 1226 Main St. Cambria CA 93428 USA Hero The morning we landed in that hot LZ will always be etched in my memory. We were all brothers and you giving up your life for another was typical. Because you cared about all of us. When you became squad leader after Lucy was KIA in the water run ambush, you pulled us together. Russell you always had a smile for everyone and kept our spirits up. You upheld the finest traditions of our Corps a Marines Marine.
Now you are at Peace guarding heavens streets with the rest of the Gun Squad.
Bill May 27, 2013
Robert  Pearce Navy Cross Citation Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Russell Forrest Keck (2201914), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Machine Gun Squad Leader with Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1/3, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 May 1967. During Operation BEAU CHARGER, in Quang Tin Province, Corporal Keek's squad was landed by helicopter into a heavily defended enemy position. Due to the large volume of intense enemy ground fire, the helicopters were forced to disperse over a wide area, causing the isolation of many small units. Finding himself and his gun team separated from the main body of his company, Corporal Keck quickly placed his guns into action. Observing one machine gun within hand grenade range of the teeming enemy trench lines, he rushed to the aid of his men under vicious enemy fire, finding one lone survivor. He quickly evaluated the situation and decided to move the gun to a safer position to keep it in action. While breaking the gun down into two groups, he was wounded by an enemy grenade. Disregarding his painful wounds, he quickly killed the enemy soldier who had thrown the grenade with an accurate burst of machine gun fire. Realizing that only one man could possibly make it back across the deadly fire-swept terrain, Corporal Keck ordered his gunner to return, while he gave covering fire. During this unselfish action, he was mortally wounded. By his courageous actions, bold initiative, intrepid fighting spirit and sincere concern for others, Corporal Keck reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Home Town: Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Aug 20, 2012
Robert  Jeffries email@example.com Friend 2007 Echo Ridge Sugar Land TX 77478 US Friend - Hero (There is no greater love than a man lay down his life for a friend) Russell was a great guy, he was intelligent and a lot of fun. He had a sense of community as I remember and I know it served him well. He had a great smile and I can still see his face as he stood with other class members at our high school. It was my privilege to have known him. I was stationed in Germany when I received word from a close friend of ours informing me of his death. I too, will never forget him and always remember seeing his name when I visited the memorial wall in DC.
Jun 23, 2009
May your spirit always live on in the hearts of those you loved and those who grew to love you for your bravery, courage and dedication. Mar 13, 2009
Corporal J.T. Bryan, United States Marine Corps firstname.lastname@example.org * * Fellow Marine Corporal * * Corporal Keck; May you rest in God's loving arms forever. Thank you for serving our great country & allowing us to breathe freely. May the good Lord be with your family & friends as they think of you often. Semper Fidelis, Cpl Bryan, Headquarters, The Great Third Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force of the Pacific Sep 25, 2007
manny g Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe Union Gap, WA. 98903 “You are Remembered” Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!! May 18, 2007
Ray Harton email@example.com Fellow Marine http://www.father-capodanno.org " Poor is the nation that has no heroes,,, Shameful is the one that, having them ,,, forgets." - (Unknown). Rest in Peace Hero, you have not been forgotten. Cpl.Harton, USMC Ret Vietnam 1967 5th Marines Monday, September 25, 2000
Kenny Belford firstname.lastname@example.org friend Never Forgotten Russell was my friend. I was in basic training at Ft. Knox when I received word from my parents about Russell. I remember the fun times we enjoyed as teenagers, and I remember clearly our last conversation before he left to start his Marine training. Russell was an ideal candidate to be a Marine. He had an extraordinary ability to face challenges that others would avoid. I've always admired that about him. I miss him, but I will never forget him. Wednesday, May 30, 2001
Smokey Kimbrough email@example.com I served with him.I fought with him.he is a hero.Semper Fi Sunday, February 24, 2002
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