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Herennius Etruscus was the son of Trajan Decius and Herennia Etruscilla. He was made Caesar in 250 and co-emperor in early 251. Sometime in the first two weeks of June 251, Herennius Etruscus and his father Trajan Decius became the first Roman emperors to die in battle against a foreign enemy. Herennius died at his father's side, struck in battle by an enemy Goth arrow. Decius survived the initial confrontation, only to be slain with the rest of the army before the end of the day.