The “Veteran of the Month” for October 2016 is Guy Edwin Russell.
Born on November 29th, 1917 in East Port, Michigan, later moving with his family to East Jordan, Michigan.
He attended and graduated from East Jordan High School in the class of 1936, but not before being given the nickname “Spike” due to his achievements in athletics, especially basketball being over 6 feet tall.
He than spent time at the CCC Camp in Wolverine, Michigan, learned to repair trucks at a shop in Gaylord, Michigan and worked at the East Jordan Canning Factory.
On March 4th, 1941 Russell was inducted into the Army entering into active service in Saginaw, Michigan.
Following Basic Training and attending Quartermaster Auto Inspector and Fireman service schools, on August 6th, 1942 he departed the USA arriving in Scotland on August 17th, 1942 and was assigned to 3497th Ordnance Medium Automotive Maintenance Unit serving as a Master Mechanic and participating in battles and campaigns in North Africa, Italy, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Northern France and the D-day invasion of Normandy at Utah Beach in the European Theater of Operations.
On July 19, 1945 Russell departed the European Theater of Operations arriving in the USA on July 30th, 1945.
On August 3rd, 1945 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania, Russell received an Honorable Discharge having attained the noncommissioned officer rank of Master Sergeant and was awarded the following Decorations and Citations: The Good Conduct Medal, The American Defense Service Medal, The European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars.
Returning home to East Jordan Russell worked for Baders Standard Service and on July 11th, 1964, at his home in East Jordan, he married Irene Stanek.
Russell bought the station in 1968 which he operated until retirement in November of 2003.
On August 22nd, 2011 Guy Edwin “Spike” Russell answered the final call and is being Honored by his wife Irene, his extended family and his many friends.
To honor a veteran, call the program chairman at (231) 588-6067 or on Tuesdays call (231) 582-7811 between 3:30-8:30 p.m.
The ceremony may be witnessed on the first Thursday of each month at The American Legion Post located on the corner of South Lake and Main streets in Boyne City, Mich. at 6:15 p.m.