Army Badge
  • Name: Russell George McWilliams
  • Location of Birth: Nashwauk, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 23, 1923
  • Date of Death: December 19, 2008
  • Parents: Percy McWilliams & Grace (Ward) McWilliams
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: May 7, 1943
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  • Date of Discharge: December 14, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Russell George McWilliams
    Race: White
    Age: 19
    Birth Date: May 23, 1923
    Birth Place: Nashwauk, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Employer: none
    Weight: 145
    Height: 5-7
    Complexion: Dark
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Black
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Percy McWilliams, Calumet, Minnesota

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Russell McWilliams married Marie Watt in 1942 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He had owned and operated a Texaco gas station in Calumet, Minnesota; worked as a shovel operator for J & L Mining Co., Calumet; worked for the Great Northern Railroad; worked for the Greenway school district as a custodian and bus driver; and worked as a tour and fossil guide in the Hill Annex Mine State Park, Calumet. He had been a member of the Calumet Fire Department, served on the Calumet City Council and was a Boy Scout leader. He was a member of the Marinoff-Miskovich VFW Post 8831 and its Honor Guard.

    Russell died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Nashwauk Cemetery, Nashwauk, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Marie; children, Judy (Jack) Gilles, Jeanne (Mike) Evanoff, Mindy (Dave) Klebe, Shawn McWilliams, and Russ McWilliams; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold “Mac” McWilliams and Melvin McWilliams; and a sister, Alice Buse. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Archie McWilliams.

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