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159th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldier dies in Afghanistan


101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellFort Campbell – A Fort Campbell Soldier died Thursday at Combat Outpost Garda in the Nerkh District of Afghanistan from injuries sustained from insurgent small-arms fire.

Specialist Russell S. Hercules Jr., 22, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was an infantryman assigned to F Company, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. He joined the Army in June 2006 and arrived at Fort Campbell in October 2008.

SPC Hercules Russell of TF Thunder

SPC Russell S. Hercules of TF Thunder

Hercules’ awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal (2 awards); Army Good Conduct Medal; Army Commendation Medal (2 awards); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal;  Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Infantry Badge; and Weapons Qualification: M4-(expert).

He is survived by his wife and son, Victoria and Christopher, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; mother and stepfather, Cheryl and Denver, also of Murfreesboro; and father, Russell Hercules Sr., of Winchester, Tenn.

A memorial service for the fallen Soldier will be held in Afghanistan. Fort Campbell will hold an Eagle Remembrance Ceremony in November.




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