HAROLD B. RUSSELL, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harold Russell '31

Date of birth: March 29, 1908

Date of death: May 12, 1935

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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Harold died on May 12, 1935 in the Navy Hospital at Mare Island, California, likely of an illness.

From Detroit Free Press on May 14, 1935:

Lapeer Man Dies in Navy Hospital

Lieut. Russell Is Mourned by Kin in Dearborn

Word was received here early Tuesday morning of the death of Lieut. Harold B. Russell, 27 years old, of the United States Navy. Lieut. Russell, a bridegroom of less than a year, died in the Navy Hospital at Mare Island, Calif.

He was attached to the U.S.S. Cincinnati, and was to have gone to San Pedro in June on a tour of duty aboard a relief ship. He was married on Nov. 24, 1934, to the former Mary Beth Whaley, who was with him at the time of his death.

Lieut. Russell, born in Lapeer County, was graduated from Lapeer High School and received his commission in the 1931 class at Annapolis. In addition to his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milo Russell, of 5274 Williamson Ave., Dearborn, four brothers, and a sister survive. They are Ralph, Maynard, Leslie, Walter and Miss Jane Russell, all of Dearborn.

Harold had been in the hospital for some time; a report (two days after his death) was that he was to "continue treatment" at the hospital.

His son, whom his wife named Harold, was born on August 20.

His death is noted in the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1935, but no other information is given.

In the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1934 Harold is listed (as an Ensign) aboard USS Biddle.

He is buried in California with his wife.



Class of 1931

Harold is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.