Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Sgt. Russell M. Durgin

23, of Henniker, New Hampshire.
Durgin died in Korengel, Afghanistan, when his unit took small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on June 13, 2006.

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"Last night I had the honor and privilege of watching my son Ricky Dowd receive the Russell Durgin Memorial Scholarship. While I did not have the chance to know Russell I would like to thank him. To receive this award was a true honor for my son and my family. Ricky is schedule to attend Norwich University this fall as a member of the Corp of Cadets, major in Mechanical Engineering with the goal of becoming an officer in the Marines upon graduation. We are all very proud of Ricky and I know his goal is to honor the man who left him this legacy. Thank you."
Lisa Dowd of Weare, NH

"Re-enlisting Russ was an honor. A Soldier's Soldier and a leader of men. Your soul continues to serve those who you touched and continue to touch."
Pete Marston

"I fought with Russ in Iraq, he was a true soldier to the bone. He stayed in the service and I got out, but the news of his death shook me to the bone. His funeral was the most somber experience of my life. I hope that the friends and family of Russ are doing well. He will never be forgotten."
Adam Bouse of Nebraska

"I recently purchased a hero braclet from a local Houston news station. I honor the memory and sacrafice of your service to our country each day. I am asked question and share his name and memory with each person that I show and share my braclet with. Keep watch over us Russell and know that your memory will live as long as I wear my braclet. To the family, your son's memory will live on. Thank you for your sacrafice. May God bless each of you everyday of your lives. Thank you, Russell."
Beverly Wofford of Dickinson, Texas

"To the family of:Russell M. Durgin I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

""It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." General Patton"
Rod

"I know Russ's twin brother well and would have liked to have met Russ. Russ was a true warrior. God bless Russ and the Durgin family"
Mike Stotler of Baltimore, MD.

"Cub Scout Pack 2 & Boy Scout Troop 2 of Antrim, New Hampshire have a tradition of marching for a fallen soldier in the Antrim & Bennington Memorial Day parades. To honor the sacrifice of Russell M. Durgin, a Scout will march for him in our May 26, 2008 parade, carrying a card bearing his name, picture and a brief note about him. The Scouts of Troop 2 and Pack 2 will not forget his contribution to freedom."
Brian Beihl, Scoutmaster of Antrim, New Hampshire USA

"There is not a day that goes by when I do not think about both Russ (for his heroism and unbelievable legacy as a human being) and his brother, Sean (for his strength, courage and honor in dealing with this tragedy). You will both always have a special place in my heart."
Melissa Sellers of Baltimore, MD

"September 11, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Russell M. Durgin:
Russell gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Russ,
You kept me sane at the KOP...You always had something funny to say or had some crazy 80's rock song that you were singing. I'll miss you. I will never forget you. I'm also very sorry I couldn't be on that patrol with you. Rest in Peace Brother..."
William Wilkinson of Ft Drum

"Russell,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OEF, but also for your service in Iraq as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Chosin-Against All Odds!
32nd Inf. Motto"

"God Bless..."
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

"So sorry we couldn't be here to say goodbye. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts every moment of our lives. You were an amazing person and we will never forget you, or what you have given to make this world safer and better for our son. Russ you are missed every single day.

Russ's family there is no replacing him he was one of a kind. Please take comfort in knowing you all made him the spectacular person that he was. God Bless you all.

Much Love,
Kevin, Amanda and Jaxson"
of Penacook NH

"Brother, you are deply missed each and everyday. You will never be out of my thoughts. I am sorry."
SSG Richard Lightner of Fort Drum, NY

""We do not remember days, we remember moments" and i remember a lot, sometimes it hurts more, but that's ok.

Russell's Twin"
Sean Durgin of Baltimore, MD

"Your family sacrifice will never be forgotten. Much prayer and love is being directed to you at this time.
His smile shall live on!"
Linda Heminway of Plaistow NH

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Russell will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Thank you Russell Durgin, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Russell Durgin:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Russell for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Russell Durgin:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Russell, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on