Angerer, Russell H.


Angerer, Russell H.
Russell H. Angerer
Russell trained at Fort Knox, Fort Polk, and Fort Benning before being sent to Vietnam. He was a squad leader and went out on numerous patrols. For most of his tour of duty, his squad was fighting the VC, except for one soldier in a Chinese uniform that they killed, which was unsettling. Russell was wounded after only three months in Vietnam. He was shot in the stomach but fortunately his belt buckle took most of the impact. Russell was operated on, losing a kidney as well as other internal organs. He was awarded for Valor; having gone out into a situation that he was not required to go on. Russell has an 80% pay for disability from the Army. When he returned, he got married and had five children. He returned to work at GM. One incident that he mentioned happened when a supervisor had a heart attack and died near him. This triggered PTSD because it brought him back to his Vietnam experiences. Nevertheless, Russell has a very positive attitude about his Army experiences.
Date Span
Dates of Service
Enlisted; United States Army; 1st Cavalry Division; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Vietnam; E5 Squad Leader
Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Collection Location
Spatial Coverage
Item sets