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Title Knapsack Inspection
Catalog Number P2003.17.10
Accession number 1641
Object Name Postcard, Lithographic
Description Color Lithographic postcard of "Inspection of Knapsacks, U. S. Marine Corps." Inscribed on back: "Dear Mother, Best wishes, from your son Art/ [To:] Mrs. Delia McNamee/308 High St./Oshkosh Wis."
Date 1910-1915
People Russell, Arthur
Subjects United States Marine Corp
Marines (Military personnel)
Parades & processions
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Collection Arthur Russell
Catalog date 2003-10-13
Cataloged by Cross, Scott
Medium Cardstock/Ink
Notes Llithograph or photograveur of Knapsack Inspection of US Marines. They dressed in dress blue uniforms, white bell-crown Pattern 1902 Caps, ranks opened with arms stacked, and knapsacks out for inspection by the officers. Post mark indicates the USS [printed off the edge of the card], [month off the edge of the card] 28, 191?[blurred]
Arthur Russell Was born in Oshkosh, WI on October 30, 1878. His parents were Joseph and Delia Russell. Their names appear in no city directories or County records. Following Joseph's death, Delia married Patrick McNamee of Rosendale, WI. He was a blacksmith and Civil War veteran from Illinois. Arthur enlisted in the Army during the Spanish American War and served in the #20 Pack Train, Quartermaster Department as a Teamster in Puerto Rico. Following the war, he worked in lumber camps in northern Wisconsin. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Bemidge, ME on Feb. 20, 1906. According to his obituary he was in the Great White Fleet that sailed around the world from 1907-1909. He may have also been a member of Company A, 2nd Regiment United States Marines stationed in the Philipines in 1908 (see photographs). He re-enlisted in 1910 and again in 1914. He qualified as Sharpshooter in 1908 and Expert Rifleman in 1911. He was promoted to Corporal in 1912, Sergeant 1914, and Gunnery Sergeant in 1916. He served onboard the USS Washington in 1911; and the USS Rhode Island in 1912 as 1st Gun Pointer. He saw action in the Nicaraguan Campaign 1912; the Panama Campaign 1912; the Nicaraguan Expeditionary Force in 1913 and engaged in two battles; and Santa Domingo in 1916 as part of the 26th Company, 4th Marine Regiment. In 1917 he was a Drill Instructor for new recruits at Quantico, VA and later assigned to the 49th Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Brigade, 2nd Division in World War I. His unit arrived in France in January 1918, and he was killed in action during the bloodiest day in Marine Corps history to that date, at Belleau Wood on June 6, 1918. His company and one other company assaulted Hill 142 and captured it from the Germans prior to the assault on the woods. His body was burried in France, but reinterred at Riverside Cemtery in 1921.
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