Spc Russell Shane Hercules
  • 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.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by david mccallister on 29th July 2017

"Happy Birthday"

This tribute was added by david mccallister on 20th May 2017

"I had the honor to serve with SPC Hercules while with the 4-101. We both were coming home for leave and that is when I really got to know him . It was so cool to see how excited he was to be able to meet his son for the first time, the normal proud father. For the whole trip back he had a smile from ear to ear and ants in his pants. The trip back to theater was even more so, a father that was beyond proud and excited. In that short time (about a week in all ) I got to know him so well, it is my greats memory of my deployments. I have never forgot about him and talk about that time frequently with othes when they ask what it was like. Today May 20, 2017 at Ft Lee we had a Run for the Fallen, and SPC Hercules was the one I ran for. I will never forget you and I thank you for letting my be part of your world even if for such a brief moment. You changed my life and never knew it."

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