Russell McCormick

Basic Info:

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Corporal McCormick tending to a wounded soldier, 1951

Player: Cohost

Position: Combat Medic

Demeanor: Russell is a friendly and agreeable individual. He makes an effort to be polite and will always listen to any problems a person may come to him with. During combat situations, however, he is easily frustrated if things don’t go his way, and will often end up verbally taking his frustration out on those who don’t deserve it. He is also a red-blooded patriot and is quick to defend the United States both physically and verbally. No matter his feelings on his teammates, he will to his job as a medic to the best of his ability, which usually results in him recklessly rushing to their aid despite gunfire or other dangers.

Nature: For the most part, Russell wears his heart on his sleeve. He was raised to always be polite, to love his country, and to help those in need. However, his time in the army and his position as a medic desensitized him to the death of his teammates. While he always does the best he can to keep them alive, he’s seen enough people die around him where if he fails, it’s no big deal. After all, he did the best he could. Additionally, Russell craves action. He can’t just sit idly by while there are others on the front lines, his mind is never as clear as when he’s on the battlefield.

Description: Russell is in his early thirties (33 to be exact), and is just under six feet tall. Due to his years in the military, he is fairly muscular. His hair is short and light brown, and he is usually clean shaven but will occasionally sport the beginnings of a beard. He also has a scar running across the side of his neck from being nicked by a bullet.

Stats:

Health
  • Physical Health: 7
  • Mental Health: 7
Attributes
  • Physical Defense: 5
  • Mental Defense: 3
  • Perception: 3
  • Agility: 4
  • Strength: 4
Skills
  • Persuasion: 3
  • Melee: 5 (including strength bonus)
  • Ranged: 4
  • Survival: 2
  • Medical: 5
Specialties
  • Heat of the Moment: (4) He isn't a doctor, and learned most of his skills in the war. Sometimes there isn't time to think when a comrade's life is on the line, so Russell relies on instinct when others would rely on knowledge. Russell gets +4 to Medical when in combat situations.
  • Up We Go: (2) If your teammate goes down in the line of fire, you can’t help him out if you go down too. The best way to save both of your asses is to shoulder your buddy and get to cover, and Russell got plenty of experience with that during the war. Russell gets +2 to Strength while carrying a wounded teammate.
  • Band of Brothers: (2) Russell's squad is like a family to him, and he takes pride in patching them up when they get hurt. However, he doesn't take kindly to anything that hurts his family, and is likely to take a shot or two before getting to work. Russell gets +2 to Ranged Attack when firing at an enemy that has just wounded a teammate. This bonus only applies if it is the first action he takes after that teammate is wounded.
  • On My Way!: (4) As a medic, you aren’t always standing right next to someone when they get hurt. Luckily, thanks to years of running headlong into danger in order to help his teammates, Russell has a talent for getting to his fallen comrades without taking too many hits. When rushing to the aid of a teammate with 5 or less phealth, Russell gets +2 to Agility and +2 to Physical Defense.

Gear:

  • United States Combat Medic uniform
  • Medic M1 helmet
  • 6-inch Colt Python
  • 3 boxes .357 Magnum ammunition, 36 count
  • M3 Trench Knife
  • Canteen
  • Med Kit (satchel) containing:
    • 1 box ammonia inhalants, 10 count (smelling salts)
    • 1 pack benzedrine tablets, 6 count (amphetamines)
    • 2 tins sulfanilamide powder, 10 grams (disinfectant, sprinkled on wounds)
    • 1 tube foille (ointment for burns/frostbite)
    • 2 packs iodine swabs, 12 count (for sterilizing cuts and surface wounds)
    • 1 roll plaster adhesive, 1 inch x 5 yards (for holding on dressings)
    • 1 bottle acetylsalicylic acid, 100 count (painkiller, aka aspirin)
    • Pouch of surgical tools
    • Snakebite kit
    • Tourniquet (to stop heavy bleeding)
    • Various bandages, compresses, dressings, and gauzes
Equipment:

Possessions:

  • Cowboy hat
  • Pictures of family
  • M1 Garand (no ammo)
  • War memorabilia
  • Various casual clothes
  • Items to polish and maintain his Colt, in a shoebox
  • A guitar
  • A large American flag, hung on the wall
  • A large Texas state flag, hung on another wall

Personal History:

Russell McCormick was born in Texas on January 14th, 1924. He grew up in a small town the oldest of five, and was taught almost everything by his mother. His father, a veteran of the Great War, worked long hours and didn’t have much time to spend with his children. Russell was always excited for the time he did spend with his dad, and it was on these days that Russell learned to shoot. When he was old enough, he got a job working with his dad. The long days and hard work let him grow somewhat stronger than other boys his age. He grew up with a great love of his country and a deep-seated respect for authority figures, those in the military in particular.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Russell wanted nothing more than to serve his country. However, he was too young to enlist, and even if he wasn’t his mother would have done everything in her power to prevent it. When his 18th birthday arrived he, without his mother’s knowledge, enlisted in the United States Army. The day before he left home he received a handshake from his father, who told him he had never been more proud.

Do to him not excelling at anything in particular, and the army’s need for soldiers of all roles, Russell was trained as a combat medic. He wasn’t taught from books, but rather shown the tools at his disposal and how to handle various injuries. That, combined with some combat training with the rest of the recruits, left him at a decent enough level to be shipped out to Europe. His first experience in combat was on June 6th, 1944, at Omaha Beach. The beach on D-Day was chaotic. The boat he and his squad were approaching the shore in flipped for one reason or another, and Russell spent a good half hour pulling people from the sea. Throughout the battle, Russell found the danger both terrifying and exhilarating. He saved as many people as he could, on that day and during the rest of his time in the war. He found himself much better at patching up his comrades when he had no time to lose, as he didn’t know what he was doing and thinking would lead to him screwing up. During his service in World War II, he achieved the rank of Corporal.

After the war, Russel returned home. He never quite found a place for himself, although he tried to get jobs and even use his skills to help the sick in his hometown, nothing he did was quite enough. After six years of trying to make something of himself, the Korean War started, and Corporal McCormick was quickly back on the front lines. With plenty of experience under his belt, Russell stood out during the war, always the first to run headfirst into enemy fire to tend to his wounded comrades. He left Korea in 1953, and of course, he was back in Texas soon after and feeling unfulfilled once again. Of course what he did not know was that his former squadmate, a man whose life he had saved on at least one occasion and whose wounds he had patched on many others, was recruited into the Foundation in 1957. He recommended Corporal McCormick to the Foundation, and after some consideration, Russell was offered a position and, more importantly, a chance to be on the frontlines against evil once again. Russell quickly accepted, and by 1959 he was on his way to Site-77.

Languages

  • English
  • Knows bits of French and Korean

Miscellaneous:

  • image is from European Center of Military History (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/469289223642029465/)
  • Russell plays the guitar in his spare time, be prepared for the countriest country that ever countried.
  • I tried to make him a more combat-oriented medic to differentiate him from the other medics, he's more soldier than doctor.
  • Everything in Russell's Med Kit was carried by United States medics in WWII, though I didn't include everything they carried, that'd be way too much to write down. Oh, and all the amounts are correct too. I looked em up.

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