- 22 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 29, 1987
- Date of passing: Oct 1, 2009
|Let the memory of Russell be with us forever|
According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Russell S. Hercules Jr., 22, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died Oct. 1, 2009 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the Pathfinder Company, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
He is the first 159th CAB soldier to be killed in combat since the brigade deployed last December.
A native of Murfreesboro, he is survived by his wife and son, Victoria and Christopher; stepdaughter Candence; mother and stepfather, Cheryl and Denver Tipton, also of Murfreesboro; and father, Russell Hercules Sr. of Winchester. His son, Christopher, was born in July, while Spc. Hercules was home on leave.
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