Col. Gerald Russell’s funeral set for July 16 at Arlington National Cemetery

May 21, 2014 

Col. Gerald Russell, a decorated Marine veteran of World War II and the Korean War, will have a military funeral with full honors on July 16 at Arlington National Cemetery, his family announced Wednesday.

Russell, a longtime Harris Township resident who fought on Guadalacanal and Iwo Jima, two of the Pacific theater’s most brutal campaigns, died Feb. 24 at the age of 97.

He also served as the commander of U.S. ground level defense forces at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis before retiring in 1968.

Memorial services will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Fort Myer Chapel, followed by a procession to his grave site. The burial will include a military band, escort platoon, caisson, casket team, firing team and a bugler.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, will be among the attending dignitaries.

The public is invited to attend. A chartered motorcoach will be available from State College. For details, contact Brent Pasquinelli, the Russell family spokesman, at 769-6154 or

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