Russell W. Green was killed in action on April 26, 1944, during the protracted Battle of Anzio. On that fateful date, at Anzio Beach, Italy, Green’s unit was attacking German lines and came under intense mortar and artillery fire.
Green, who was inducted into the army on June 29, 1943, was just two days short of his 19th birthday, and had served in the army for less than ten months. He was assigned to Company C, 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division.
In the days before his death, Green wrote two letters home to his family. In one, dated April 25, 1944, the day before he died, he requested that his family send him chocolate candy.
Although Green grew up in Linden, he is considered a Clark Fallen Hero. After his induction, his family moved to Raritan Road in Clark, and so he became a Clark resident.
Green is buried at the U.S. National Cemetery in Beverly, New Jersey.