Edmund H. Russell, one of two known Kansas City area veterans of the Pearl Harbor attack, died Monday. He was 99.
Russell, of Lenexa, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and was a butcher planning meals at Wheeler Field in Hawaii when the Japanese struck on Dec. 7, 1941.
Russell later taught bombardier students and completed navigator school. He also served in India and China. After the war, he served in the Philippines and at Okinawa, Japan. He later served in the Air Force Reserves and twice delivered cargo to Vietnam. Russell retired as a lieutenant colonel.
Russell and other area survivors of Pearl Harbor for years would gather on the anniversary of the attack at the Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission. Russell’s son, Roger, of Kansas City, said his father was comfortable talking to students about his experience at Pearl Harbor.
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“Some kids ask if it’s a rock group,” Edmund Russell told The Kansas City Star in 2011.
Pearl Harbor veteran Jack Carson of Overland Park died in 2015. Survivor Dorwin Lamkin of Shawnee remains.