Russell E. Shipman

Vietnam Era 1965-1966

Enlisted Shipmate, Russell E. Shipman, photo not available
Enlisted Rushmate, Russell E. Shipman, Photo Not Available

Bernie Caprera (USS RUSH Association President) received a phone call on Tuesday, March 8, 2006, from Elizabeth "Betty" Shipman which, sadly, informed him that her husband, Russell E. Shipman, had passed away. Russell was stationed in RUSH the same time as Bernie Caprera and John Buglione (RUSH Association Chaplain).

While he was speaking with Elizabeth Shipman, Bernie fondly recalled a story about Russell.

"Russ and I had duty in the Chief's quarters. One day, we were sunning ourselves at the dumpster on the pier in Newport. I asked Russ why he never wore his hat unless it was absolutely necessary. He said that it would cause him to go bald and he didn't want to lose his hair." Betty laughed and she said, "It didn't work!"

The following obituary was printed in The Journal News which serves Westchester County, New York, on March 5, 2006:


Mr. Russell E. Shipman of Croton-on-Hudson died March 1, 2006. He was 63. Mr. Shipman was born February 28, 1943 in Ossining, the son of Russell Earl and Elizabeth Cox Shipman.

He served in the Navy during the Viet Nam War. He was married to Elizabeth Sadak in 1985. Mr. Shipman was a 42 year member of the Holla Hose & Steamer Company, having served as a line officer, vice president and chief driver for many years. He also served on the American Freedom Train in 1975 and 1976 and the Golden Spike Centennial. He was a member of the New York Central Historic Society. During the 1960's and 1970's he operated the Steam Fan Trips, getting to know such people as Roland Smith, Ernest Borgnine and John Wayne. He also fired up the NKP759 on the eve of the AMTRAK Turnover, and operated many steam engines, including the Reading 2101 and 2102, NKP7505, SP4449, UP844 and NKP763. He was a member of the Stanford Model R.R. Club.

Mr. Shipman is survived by his lovely wife Elizabeth, sister Elaine Gallagher, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday at St. Ann's Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Dale Cemetery. DORSEY FUNERAL HOME 14 Emwilton Place, Ossining (914) 941-0167 (