On October 13, Retired Marine Corps Colonel Gerald F.
resident of The Inn, was honored at a banquet
hosted by The Navy League
of Central Pennsylvania, in
partnership with the Nittany Leathernecks
of the Marine Corps League. Family, friends and members
the Brookline staff joined Russell as he was awarded the
Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Distinguished
Citizen Award.The award is
given to a non-active duty
person (s) whose character, distinguished
civilian service and stature exemplify the qualities for
which the Navy League, Central Pennsylvania Council, strives.
a 1998 Penn State graduate, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor
on October 22, 2007, for his heroic actions in combat in
Afghanistan.Russell is a decorated combat veteran of World War II who
served at both Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.
He commanded a combat battalion in Korea and a regiment at Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
retirement, he served Penn State as assistant vice provost in the
College of Education. His many volunteer efforts include the PA Special
Olympics, Centre County Toys for Tots and the Centre County United Way
Day of Caring.
Gen. James T. Conway, who retired in 2010 as
commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, served as the keynote speaker
during the banquet at the State College Elks Club.