Russel Philip Remington

Russel Philip Remington

Male 1921 - 1943  (21 years)

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  • Name Russel Philip Remington 
    Born 20 Oct 1921  Coventry, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Mar 1943  El Guettar, Tunisia, North Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 29 May 1948  Woodland Cemetery, Washington & Knotty Oak Sts., Coventry, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00078  Sorensen-Remington Family Tree
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2018 

    Father Chester Philip REMINGTON, Sr.,   b. 10 Feb 1894, Anthony Village, Coventry, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1948, Providence, Providence Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Laura Russel CHAFEE,   b. 28 Apr 1899, Bristol, Bristol Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1975, Natick, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1917  Coventry, Kent Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • They were married on Laura's eighteenth birthday. Chester was 23.
    Family ID F00024  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Last Modified 7 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F00022  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Raymond, Russel, Elliott, and Norman, 1923 on the farm in Coventry
    Raymond, Russel, Elliott, and Norman, 1923 on the farm in Coventry

    Back row: Raymond, Chester Sr., Norman; middle: Russel, Elliott, Chester; Richard in front; Easter 1934.

    Raymond, Russel, Chet, and Richard

    Remington boys 1937 -- Raymond, Russel, Elliot, Chester, and Richard

    Norman with bro Russel

    A day of fun in Maine





    Russel in North Africa, 1943

    Uncle Russel and friend in North Africa, 27 Jan 1943. He died in March in Tunisia, killed in battle.

    This is the message to Norman on the back of the above postcard photo, sent via their mother Laura. She added Russel's address for Norman. Probably by the time it reached Norman in Panama, Russel had already died.





  • Notes 
    • The One Consolation of a Soldier

      poem written by Pvt. Russel Philip Remington on January 2, 1943
      sent to his mother, Laura Russel Remington, from North Africa, during World War II
      he died in combat on March 31, 1943

      Dear Mom as I sit looking up into the sky tonight
      all lighted with millions of stars and the silvery moonlight
      My thoughts are brought closer to home and you
      Because this same sky over me is over you too.
      The sky covers a great span
      over thousands of miles of sea from land to land
      On that side is glittering New York and home
      and on this side the dark African sand and me sitting alone.
      There's a bitter war to be fought over here
      where many fellows like me are fighting
      for loved ones at home who we love so dear.
      But some day we're going to win this fight
      And then we too will be looking at
      the other side of the sky and the moonlight.


      RI Pvt 39 Inf 9 Inf Div/World War II


      The following link leads to a web site which tells of the battles in Tunisia around the time Russel was killed:
      http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-C-Tunisia/

      I believe Russel died, probably between 6 am and 12:45 pm, in an offensive commanded by General Patton and known as Benson Force. The took place in and around the El Guettar Valley, between Gafsa and Gabes, Tunisia.

  • Sources 
    1. [S012488] Coventry Town Records.