Long, Donald Russell, SGT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
11D-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1965-1966, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1963 - 1966
Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate



Sergeant


One Service Stripe



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1939
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Columbus
Last Address
Blackfork

Casualty Date
Jun 30, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08E 112

 Official Badges 

1st Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal

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 Unit Assignments
US Army1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment/C Troop1st Infantry Division
  1963-1965, Other Commands
  1965-1966, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment/C Troop
  1965-1966, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Operations History
  1963-1966 Cold War (1945-1989)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign 8 March to 24 December 1965 VSM Streamer
  1965-1966 Vietnam War
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign 25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966 VSM Streamer
  1966-1966 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967 VSM Streamer/Operation El Paso
  1966-1966 Counteroffensive Campaign 25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966 VSM Streamer/Operation Birmingham
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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Medal of Honor citation

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. Sgt. 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, Sgt. Long repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire at point blank range to provide the needed supplies. While assaulting the Viet Cong position, Sgt. 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, Sgt. 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 battle. Realizing that these actions would not fully protect the exposed crewmen from the deadly explosion, he threw himself over the grenade to absorb the blast and thereby saved the lives of 8 of his comrades at the expense of his life. Throughout the battle, Sgt. Long's extraordinary heroism, courage and supreme devotion to his men were in the finest tradition of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army. 
   
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A gymnasium on Fort Riley is dedicated to Sergeant Long.


 



   
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