LZ Russell Vietnam

  • I need information about Eber L. Inman that served with Echo 2/4 2nd Plt. 3rd Marine Div. that served on LZRussell in Vietnam around April or May 1969 He was blown off a cliff when he was walking point and spent 76 days in the hospital in Guam. He is trying to get a purple heart he did not receive. He Injured his arm and the doctor wanted to cut it off.

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    We would recommend, if you have not already done so, to request Eber L. Inman's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) and medical records. OMPFs and medical records of Officers and Enlisted Personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who were separated from service after 1904 and prior to January 1, 1999 are located at NARA’s National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or the next of kin. You may apply online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. Or you can download Standard Form 180 (SF-180) and send in your request via postal mail.

    To download an SF-180 please visit our website at the following: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/order/standard-form-180.pdf

    For a complete copy of a personnel file, in Section II, on the line for "Other" (Specify), write "Complete copy of every page of personnel file - not an extract."

    The OMPF is primarily an administrative record, containing information about the subject's service history such as: date and type of enlistment/appointment; duty stations and assignments; training, qualifications, performance; awards and decorations received; disciplinary actions; insurance; emergency data; administrative remarks; date and type of separation/discharge/retirement, and other personnel actions. 


    Information about the incident may also be included in the Command Chronologies for the 2/4 Marines. You can find the PDFs online here:


    April: https://vva.vietnam.ttu.edu/images.php?img=/images/1201/1201045043.pdf

    May: https://vva.vietnam.ttu.edu/images.php?img=/images/1201/1201045046.pdf


    Once you have more specific dates, we may be able to find more records of the incident. Feel free to email us at archives2reference@nara.gov once you have the OMPF and medical records. 

    We hope this assists you with your research! 


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