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Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” ... Lt. Col. Russell Lloyd Jr., USMC

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:46 pm

Lieutenant Colonel Russell “Russ” Lloyd Jr., USMC, retired, is a native of San Diego. He spent many of his early formative years in Coronado, where he attended Coronado High School and was captain of the swim team, and participated in football and glee club.

After graduating high school, Lloyd enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1951. His passion and commitment for the USMC mission motivated him and tap into his full potential, and he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduating from Colgate University in 1954.

Highlights of Lloyd’s 27 years of distinguished service include his first assignment as a Force Reconnaissance Officer, where he honed many leadership skills that he would later use in combat. Notable service include deployment on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV 42), two Vietnam combat tours with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Infantry in Vietnam (1965-66) and Senior Advisor Korean Marine Corps (1971-72), and Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. Lloyd retired from the Marine Corps in 1977 after his final tour of duty as the Chief of Administration for Headquarters Battalion Marine Corps Development and Education Command in Quantico, Virginia.

Notable awards include the Legion of Merit with Combat “V”, Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Bronze Star with Combat “V”, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

Lloyd’s proudest achievement was earning the Navy Marine Corps medal when he single handedly rescued a family of four from drowning in dangerous surf conditions off the coast of Maine. One of his fondest memories was during his tour as Commanding Officer of the Honor Guard and Director of the Sea School at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, where he had the privilege of personally escorting President John F. Kennedy during the ceremonial review of the Honor Guard and leading his men in the Pass in Review.

Upon retiring from the Marine Corps, Lloyd redirected his energy, having earned his doctorate in higher education, and began a second career in the field of higher education. He worked for George Washington University, then Northern Virginia Community College for several years, then culminated his working career at a local community college near his home.

Throughout his life, Lloyd has taken pride in serving others. He was active in Scouting, earning Eagle Scout as a youth, then the Silver Beaver Award for 30 years distinguished service as an adult Scout leader. He also was a Rotarian for 32 years, serving as President of his local chapter four times; and received numerous honors including the Cliff Dochterman Award, the International Award, and becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.

Lloyd retired to Fredericksburg, Virginia, with his wife of 60 years, Jean Busch Lloyd. Together they raised five children and rescued numerous Labrador retrievers. He enjoyed the camaraderie of old service buddies, often on Volksmarches; where he hiked all 50 states, 29 capitals, as well as parts of Mexico and Canada.

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