Russell joined the unit in the Northern Territory, 25 Dec 1942, when the unit returned from Timor. After leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Signalman in Headquarters and later served with "A" Troop. Russell was wounded in action on 6 Jan 1944 but did not require hospitalisation. He returned to Australia with the unit aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
After further leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Signalman in “A” Troop. On the 26 Dec 1945 transferred out of the unit to 13th Small Ships Company and embarked for Australia aboard "GEORGETOWN VICTORY" on 28 Jan 1946.
He was discharged on 6 Jun 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps
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