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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Background===
 
===Background===
Russell served as a F-4 fighter pilot for the United States Air Force in the [[Wikipedia:Vietnam War|Vietnam War]]. Around 1986, he claimed that he was abducted by aliens and attested that they conducted several experiments on him that led to his trauma and his belief that they are planning to kill humanity. His story was disbelieved by the public, earning Russell mockery from his peers and consternation from his family.
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Russell served as a F-4 fighter pilot for the United States Air Force in the [[Wikipedia:Vietnam War|Vietnam War]]. Around 1986, he claimed that he was abducted by aliens and attested that they conducted several experiments on him that led to his trauma and his belief that they are planning to kill humanity. This earned Russell mockery from his peers and consternation from his family.
   
 
When his wife got sick, Russell could not give her enough attention, because of his obsession in searching for clues about his abduction. This led to her death, and to Russell's drinking problem and straining his relationship with his children, especially his eldest son [[Miguel Casse|Miguel]]. He and his children live in a camper, and he worked as a crop duster pilot in California's [[Imperial Valley]]. 
 
When his wife got sick, Russell could not give her enough attention, because of his obsession in searching for clues about his abduction. This led to her death, and to Russell's drinking problem and straining his relationship with his children, especially his eldest son [[Miguel Casse|Miguel]]. He and his children live in a camper, and he worked as a crop duster pilot in California's [[Imperial Valley]]. 
   
 
===War of 1996===
 
===War of 1996===
By the advent of the [[Harvesters|aliens]]' [[War of 1996|arrival in July 1996]], Russell was arrested for papering city hall with leaflets from his crop duster in an desperate attempt to warn the public that the aliens are a threat. However, Russell was soon released as the authorities was focused on more pressing matters in light of the aliens. After the aliens began their attack, Russell and his family joined a large convoy of refugees and come across Captain [[Steven Hiller]] with a [[Alien pilot|captured alien]]. Guided by Captain Hiller, the Casse family and the refugees traveled to [[Area 51]].
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By the advent of the [[Harvesters|aliens]]' [[War of 1996|arrival in July 1996]], Russell was arrested for papering city hall with leaflets from his crop duster in an desperate attempt to warn the public that the aliens are a threat. However, Russell was soon released as the authorities are focused on more pressing matters in light of the aliens. After the aliens began their attack, Russell and his family joined a large group of refugees and come across Captain [[Steven Hiller]] with a captured [[Alien pilot|injured alien]]. Guided by Captain Hiller, the Casse family and the refugees traveled to [[Area 51]].
   
Russell later volunteered in [[Thomas Whitmore|President Whitmore's]] counterattack on the aliens, assigned to fly a McDonnell Douglas [[F/A-18 Hornet|F/A-18C Hornet]]. During the [[Battle of Area 51|attack on Area 51]], Russell was integral in destroying the alien [[City Destroyer]], as he was piloting the only available fighter jet with a missile left to destroy the Destroyer's weapon port. All the others had exhausted their missiles. However, the AMRAAM missile jammed when he attempted to fire it. Russell then made a fateful decision by flying his jet directly into the weapon in a suicide attack. Before making his sacrifice, Russell sends a heartfelt request to ground control, which is also heard by Miguel, to "Tell my children...I love them very much." Russell's suicide attack succeeded in destroying the alien ship, saving Area 51 and his family.
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Russell later volunteered in [[Thomas Whitmore|President Whitmore's]] counterattack on the aliens, assigned to fly a McDonnell Douglas [[F/A-18 Hornet|F/A-18C Hornet]]. During the [[Battle of Area 51|attack on Area 51]], Russell was integral in destroying the alien [[City Destroyer]], as he was piloting the only available fighter jet with a missile left to destroy the Destroyer's weapon port. All the others had exhausted their missiles. However, the AMRAAM missile jammed when he attempted to fire it. Russell then made a fateful decision by flying his jet directly into the weapon in a suicide attack. Before making the supreme sacrifice, Russell sends a heartfelt request to ground control, which is also heard by Miguel, to "Tell my children...I love them very much." Russell's suicide attack succeeded in destroying the alien ship, saving Area 51 and his family.
   
 
===Legacy===
 
===Legacy===
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'''[[Major Mitchell]]:''' What your father did was very brave. You should be proud of him.<br>
 
'''[[Major Mitchell]]:''' What your father did was very brave. You should be proud of him.<br>
 
'''Miguel Casse:''' I am.}}
 
'''Miguel Casse:''' I am.}}
After the war, Russell was remembered as a war hero, and his name is etched in a national memorial at [[Washington, D.C.]] alongside with other participants who also died during the War of 1996 after the capital was rebuilt.<ref>''[[Independence Day: Resurgence]]''</ref> His death served as an inspiration to [[Jake Morrison]], who looked up to him as a role model for proving that a broken person can become a better person.<ref>''[[Independence Day: Crucible]]''</ref>
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After his death, Russell was remembered as a war hero, and his name is etched in a national memorial at [[Washington, D.C.]] alongside with other participants who also died during the War of 1996 after the capital was rebuilt.<ref>''[[Independence Day: Resurgence]]''</ref> His death served as an inspiration to [[Jake Morrison]], who looked up to him as a role model for proving that a broken person can become a better person.<ref>''[[Independence Day: Crucible]]''</ref>
   
 
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