World War II: Russell W. Green, U. S. Army, Private, Co. C, 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division, Serial No. 42000833

Russell W. Green, U. S. Army, Private, Co. C, 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division, Serial No. 42000833 died in the Battle of Anzio. He was 18 years old. Credits: Courtesy of William Duffy

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.

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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. 



Clark's Fallen Heroes profiles those 21 soldiers from Clark who died in service to their country. Author William Duffy’s research into Clark’s fallen heroes included such primary sources as United States military records kept at the National Archive, articles and reports from “The Elizabeth Daily Journal,” photographs, letters and, when possible, interviews with family members and friends of the deceased.

Find out more about William Duffy:    One Man’s Quest to Keep Alive the Memory of Clark’s War Dead

The series runs daily through Memorial Day, 2017.  Click for an index of stories. 


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