Benton County


Sgt. Conrad George Russell



Conrad George Russell was born Jan. 9, 1918 to Hurd and Gertrude Larson Russell. He died Jan. 31, 1961 and is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA.

Sgt. Russell served in World War II with the U.S. Marine Corps 4th Marines at Cavite, Philippines, defending Corregidor Island. He was taken prisoner May 6, 1942 and held under horrendous conditions until liberated in 1945. He privately published his memoirs “The Fall of Corregidor" about the Fall of Corregidor and POW Camp Life. Included was the story of making a flag at the POW camp in Akenobe at the time of the Japanese surrender. The flat was to identify the camp to the American B-29 bombers.