Russell LeeRoy Pickett

  • Died: August 2, 2020
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Russell Pickett

One of the few survivors in the first wave of soldiers on D-Day

Russell LeeRoy Pickett was in the first wave of U.S. soldiers to storm Normandy Beach on D-Day. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My prayers go out to the family of this true brave Patriot. Thank you and your family.

Posted by Tina Lisko    January 31, 2021

May the Heavenly Father open his arm and welcome you home. Thank You RIP

Posted by Harold Smith - Barnesville, OH - friend   January 30, 2021


Posted by A friend   October 25, 2020

Carry on Soldier. Thank you and shake some hands of those other heroes up there.

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   August 15, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family of Mr.Pickett for your loss,may God strenghthen and comfort the family and friends during this most difficult time

Posted by Cas    August 12, 2020

You are HONORED Sir . Safely rest God is Nigh.

Posted by A friend   August 11, 2020


Posted by Alishia - SC   August 11, 2020

My condolences.

Posted by A friend   August 11, 2020

Thank you Russell for your service, may you rest in peace!

Posted by A friend   August 11, 2020

We send all our prayers to the family of Russell Pickett our nation has lost again another one of our heroes we were blessed by his life as we mourn him in his passing but know that the Lord has waited long enough for his return.

Posted by David Lee - Salisbury, MD - friend   August 10, 2020

THANK YOU, Russell. Thank you for the freedom my family and I enjoy today. REST IN PEACE, sir.

Posted by Daniel Sheriff - Ft Myers, FL   August 10, 2020

To the Pickett family, loved ones, and friends, I send sincerest condolences for your loss. At this very difficult time, may the God of tender mercies comfort you.

Posted by Mary - Neighbor   August 10, 2020

My condolences to his friends and family it was an honorable American who protected us a Time where we had have victory David call may he rest in peace

Posted by David P Call - Acquaintance   August 10, 2020

God bless the Greatest Generation. May they all rest in eternal peace.

Posted by patricia nesbitt - hampton, VA - friend   August 09, 2020

Mr. Pickett,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe fighting the Germans during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Mike Casey - El Paso, TX   August 09, 2020

May everyone born since 1945 realize more now than ever before an extremely invaluable truth God has made us beneficiaries of, that freedom has never come easy, fast or cheap. As a child of veterans, I thank Him regularly for the sacrifices so many true Americans have and still do make for the common good..........Jn. 15:13.

Posted by Jim Martin - Friend   August 09, 2020

I wish to thank him as one of the few who came home. All the men and woman back then were REAL Hero. I wasjust 7 years old back, but I rember how it was. I am now 86 and a Koren war vet,but NOT like the WW11 hero's. May you rest in peace.
John F Potter

Posted by John Potter - Sagamore Beach, MA - acquaintance   August 09, 2020

RIP Mr. Pickett. Thank you and your family for your service to our country and the world. Say hello to all your comrades up there for all of us. See you on the other side.❤✝

Posted by Martin Marsola    August 09, 2020


May you rest in peace ,With your brothers in arms. Because of you ,and many others ,I STILL LIVE FREE

Posted by - ID   August 08, 2020

Thank you Sir for your service, I will always be thankful for what you did for us. I will always think of you when I hear "Taps" played....

Posted by JOSEPH SCHARITE - Mount Pleasant, SC   August 08, 2020

I am now 73years old. I grew up, I think, in one of the best decades. That would be the 1950s. Thanks to Mr. Pickett and his generation. All of that generation in military will be my heroes till the day I die! Joseph OConnor, USMCR.

Posted by Joseph O’Connor - South Bend, IN - military   August 08, 2020


Posted by Linda Tracy - Cleveland, OH   August 08, 2020

What courage. Thank you.

Posted by Fred W Davis - Friend   August 08, 2020

Well done, thank God for your service. Your sacrifice at Normandy represents what made America great. Rest In Peace. Condolences to the family. May the God of All Comfort, give you the comfort only He is able to give you, in this hour of need.

Posted by Omar H Pachecano    August 08, 2020

Thank you and all the other heroes who paved the way for our freedom.

Posted by Stan Christ - Boca Raton, FL   August 08, 2020

My deepest condolences to Mr. Pickett's family and friends. May the God of tender mercies comfort your mourning hearts.

Posted by A friend   August 08, 2020

I am honored to be an American. You are one of the reasons this country is what it is today. All Americans salute you for your sacrifice.

Posted by Gerry Allen - Green, OH - friend   August 08, 2020

My Mom, Dad, Don and I would visit Aunt Audrey and Uncle LeRoy in late fifties (early sixties). I enjoyed so very much those days. Uncle LeRoy had his TV shop. Eddie had his home made weights in the back yard. We all enjoyed each other’s company. So much has occurred since those days. I still think often of remaining family (Marie, Dianne and Janet). I still love the memories and still love the entire family. He was a great man and soldier. My prayers are with the entire family (kinfolks) as always.

Posted by Ricky Grigsby - Dothan, AL - family   August 07, 2020

RIP. A true American hero

Posted by Matt McGrath - Franklin, MA   August 07, 2020

For ever grateful !

Posted by John Mckinny - Dripping Springs, TX   August 07, 2020

Russell - We the people are blessed that when the call to serve was made You answered that call and served with honor. God Bless

Posted by Don Evans - Austin, TX - friend   August 07, 2020


Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   August 07, 2020

Thank you!

Posted by Ryan Pickett - Friend   August 07, 2020


RIP. Salute.

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2020

"go by, from this day to the end of time, without our being remembered: we few, we happy few, we band of brothers—for whoever sheds his blood with me today shall be my brother". -William Shakespeare

Posted by Sean Shetler - Austin, TX - acquaintance   August 07, 2020

Thanking all US soldiers who liberated Germany (where I was born in 1947 in Munich), and made it possible for me to come to America in 1964 to start my adult life. The US occupation of Bavaria was the best thing that could ever have happened! My German family (in Amberg near Nuremberg) could live in peace again. US soldiers were regarded as LIBERATORS. I salute all the American Heroes!

Posted by Brigitte Rebler Bone - Anniston, AL   August 07, 2020

Thank you for your service, Sir.Rest In Peace.

Posted by Kristen Emig - Horsham, PA   August 07, 2020

Thank you sir for your service and bravery,you are the epitome of what it means to be America. Rest in well deserved peace!

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2020


Rest Russell, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   August 07, 2020

Thank you for your service so many years ago. Rest in peace.

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2020

When I saw the 29th Div pin on his cap, I ran for my copy of "D-Day Survivor" by Harold Baumgarten. Mr Pickett is named on pg32 and pg62, along with his hometown Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. Hal always included his buddies' hometowns in his books. Hal was an advisor on the film "Saving Private Ryan". His widow, Rita, attended the 75th anniversary D-Day celebration, hopefully she and Mr Pickett saw each other at that time. Hal died on Christmas, 2016.

Posted by James Karr - Friend   August 07, 2020

This was a True American Hero. We owe what we have today to someone like this. A self-less act to defend a country he loved. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Dennis R.    August 07, 2020

Thank you for your selfless commitment to freedom.

Posted by Harwood Garland - Friend   August 07, 2020

Thank you for your meritorious service and bravery. Rest in peace sir.

Posted by A grateful citizen.    August 07, 2020

God speed Mr. Pickett! You are a hero in our eyes. Thank you for your service.

Posted by Lona Vuskovich - Newberry, FL   August 07, 2020

Thank you, Veteran, for your service to our Nation. Condolences to your family. May you rest in peace.

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2020

Thank you for your service, rest in piece sir!!!

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2020

God Bless you Sir, sorry for the pain you saw at such a young age, may God's heart be bestowed upon you as you are in paradise with the Lord

Posted by Chuck G    August 07, 2020

Thank you for your service Mr. Pickett. You are a true hero and I'm sure will be missed terribly. RIP.

Posted by Cheryl Ramsey    August 07, 2020

I just want to reach out with my prayers & condolences to the Pickett family. What a great man! I am so proud of him. My dad was a medic at the Battle of the Bulge (75th Infantry Division) and my birthday is June 6, a day in which I always remember and pray for those brave soldiers that day. I am so glad that Russell lived a long & full life! God Bless.

Posted by Tom Rizzo - Weymouth, MA   August 07, 2020

God bless you, Mr. Pickett and thank you so much for your service to this great country.

Posted by John P - Austin, TX - friend   August 07, 2020


Posted by SARGENT GERALD Robertson US ARMY VIET NAM - stuart, FL - military   August 07, 2020

Well done. Rest in peace.

Posted by Lawrence Joseph Gosselin - Friend   August 07, 2020

Rest in the arms of Jesus. You have more than earned it sir. THANK YOU.

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2020

Rest in peace Sir. Your work here is done.

Posted by Dave Frambes    August 07, 2020

Many can talk and discuss what D-Day was like. You sir, are of the few who watched, experienced, and survived the horror witnessing the suffering and pain that humans can inflict on each other. You are now on that new journey that we all face. I wish you well on that journey and hope you find and share with those who have gone before you the love and compassion we all seek.

Posted by Bernard Silva    August 07, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Pickett's passing. He was and will always be one of our true, American heroes. My Uncle Harvey died in that first wave, so I know and appreciate their bravery. May God Bless him and his loved ones!

Posted by Mary Anne Frame - Sandersville, GA   August 07, 2020

RIP Warrior!

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2020

Another of our Greatest Generation has passed. Thank you Mr. Pickett for your service to our great country. We appreciate the sacrifices you've made for us. Rest in Peace sir.

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2020

Thank you, Rest In Peace...

Posted by Eric Burcher    August 06, 2020

Thanks for your service Mr. Pickett. Prayers up to your family. You are a true HERO!

Posted by A friend   August 06, 2020

Thank you for your service

Posted by A friend   August 06, 2020

Thank you for your service Mr. Pickett. My deepest sympathy to your family during this sad time. Rest in Eternal Peace.

Posted by A friend   August 06, 2020

They didn't have to be drafted , they enlisted and that is why they will forever be known as the greatest generation ! Thank you for your service , Godspeed to you sir ! Prayers to the family .

Posted by Big Jon Warsheski    August 06, 2020

Thank-you for your service to your Nation during WWll . You are indeed part of America's greatest generation that saved the world. Rest In Peace sir.

Posted by Chuck Gliniak    August 06, 2020


Thank you for our freedom. We will never forget. God speed.

Posted by A friend   August 06, 2020

A true American Hero, Thank You for your service, God bless you!

Posted by A friend   August 06, 2020

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Russell Pickett