Russell Lee Boggess
Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy
by his loving wife, Kathleen Boggess
Born 21 November 1942 - Died 21 December 1995.
Russell enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1962. He subsequently rose to rank of E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was then commissioned as an Ensign, Limited Duty Officer (LDO) in April 1979. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander in August 1987.
He was the recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation for service aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) during the recovery of the SS Mayaguez from Cambodian forces and the evacuation of Vietnam.
He also received the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation for service aboard the USS Galveston (CLG3) during the Tet Offensive of 1968, and the Humanitarian Service Medal for service in aid of Vietnamese evacuees while serving aboard the USS Galveston (CLG3).
"This poem has a lot of meaning for me and gave me comfort when I envisioned all our family who have gone before waiting to meet Russ on the other side."
I am standing upon the seashore
From "You Cannot Die" by Margaret M. Stevens
Posted: 26 December 1995 - Updated: 26 May 2006