DONALD R LONG
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HONORED ON PANEL 8E, LINE 112 OF THE WALL

DONALD RUSSELL LONG

WALL NAME

DONALD R LONG

PANEL / LINE

8E/112

DATE OF BIRTH

08/27/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/30/1966

HOME OF RECORD

COLUMBUS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Franklin

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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SGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD RUSSELL LONG
POSTED ON 12.29.2002
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank You Sergeant

As a fellow Buckeye, I say "THANK YOU"

As a Veteran, I say "AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB WELL DONE, SERGEANT"

As an American, "YOUR DEATH WAS NOT IN VAIN"

And as a Believer, "YOUR SPIRIT IS ALIVE--AND STRONG"

Again, thank you Sergeant, for your valiant and courageous service, faithful contribution, and most holy sacrifice, given to this great country of ours!

REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY FRIEND

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POSTED ON 7.31.2002
POSTED BY: Larry Laney

You are my brother

The color of our skin was not the same, but we fought like brothers in good times and bad times. I will never forget you, thanks brother for saving my sorry ass.
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POSTED ON 1.8.2002
POSTED BY: Doug Sterner

In Honor of a TRUE American Hero

In an act of Heroism above and beyond the call of duty, this American gave the ultimate sacricice for his brothers.
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POSTED ON 3.26.2001
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS BRAVE MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORECONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


SERGEANT


DONALD RUSSELL LONG


served as an


ASSISTANT PLATOON LEADER


with


TROOP ' C '

1st SQUADRON

4th CAVALRY

1ST INFANTRY DIVISION


and was a posthumous recipient of the


<><><><> CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR <><><><>


who rests in honored glory in


UNION BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY


BLACKFORK, OHIO



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CITATION

FOR AWARD OF THE

CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

TO

SERGEANT

DONALD RUSSELL LONG



REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

30 JUNE 1966



For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk
of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Troops ' B ' and
' C ', while conducting a reconnaissance mission along a road
were suddenly attacked by a Viet Cong regiment, supported by
mortars, recoilless rifles and machine - guns, from concealed
positions astride the road. Sergeant Long abandoned the
relative safety of his armored personnel carrier and braved a
withering hail of enemy fire to carry wounded men to evacuation
helicopters. As the platoon fought its way forward to resupply
advanced elements, Sergeant Long repeatedly exposed himself
to enemy fire at point blank range to provide the needed
supplies. While assaulting the Viet Cong position, Sergeant Long
inspired his comrades by fearlessly standing unprotected to
repel the enemy with rifle fire and grenades as they attempted
to mount his carrier. When the enemy threatened to overrun a
disabled carrier nearby, Sergeant Long again disregarded his
own safety to help the severely wounded crew to safety. As he
was handing arms to the less seriously wounded and reorganizing
them to press the attack, an enemy grenade was hurled onto
the carrier deck. Immediately recognizing the imminent danger, he
instinctively shouted a warning to the crew and pushed to safety
one man who had not heard his warning over the roar of the
battle. Realizing that these actions would not fully protect the
exposed crewman from the deadly explosion, he threw himself
over the grenade to absorb he blast and thereby saved the lives
of eight of his comrades at the expense of his life. Throughout
the battle, Sergeant Long's extraordinary heroism, courage and
supreme devotion to his men were in the finest traditions of the
military service, and reflect great credit upon himself and the
United States Army.



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CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


was presented to his family

on 8 February 1968

at

The Pentagon

by the

Secretary of the United States Army

Stanley R. Resor



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THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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