Long, Charles, PFC

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1745-Light Weapons Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1952-1953, 1745, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1951 - 1953

Private First Class


One Service Stripe



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1931
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Durand

Casualty Date
Mar 24, 1953
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA)N/AMilitary Order of the Purple HeartKorean War Fallen
  2008, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A (Member) [Verified]
  2008, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Rifle

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1951, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Camp Breckenridge, KY), C/11
 Unit Assignments
7th Infantry Division3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment
  1952-1953, 1745, 7th Infantry Division
  1952-1953, 1745, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/2nd Battle of Old Baldy
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/1st Battle of Old Baldy
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)/Battle of Pork Chop Hill
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)/Battle of Pork Chop Hill
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Private First Class Charles Harvey Long was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on March 23, 1953. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.

 On March 24, 1953, Long was one of four men from L Company,3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, who was declared missing in action after engaging enemy forces north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on what came to be known as Pork Chop Hill. The bodies of two of the MIAs were recovered and a third MIA was returned alive during Operation Big Switch after having been captured by Chinese Communist Forces. Long remained unaccounted-for, and was eventually declared dead on March 24, 1954.

     In 1993, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave United Nations officials 33 boxes with human remains of alleged U.S. servicemen who were unaccounted-for. The DPRK recovered the remains near Komsa-ri in Kangwon Province, which was near Long’s last known location. Also included in one of the boxes were Long’s social security and identification cards along with identification tags.

   
Comments/Citation
Charles was the son of John Henry and Mable Mary (Harvey) Long. He graduated from Durand Illinois High School in 1949 and worked on his family farm. He was drafted into the United States Army and was trained at Fort Breckenridge in Kentucky. He didn't want to be a fighter, he wanted to be a farmer. He arrived in Korea in February 1953. On March 24, 1953, Charles was one of four men from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, who was declared missing in action after engaging enemy forces north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on what came to be known as Pork Chop Hill. 

On November 25, 2006, his family buried him with full military rites. His casket was draped in a United States flag with 48 stars, the amount of stars that were on the flag when he died.  Burial::Saint Marys Cemetery Durand, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA.

Private First Class Long was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Presidential Unit Citation Navy and Army, the Navy Valrious Unit Award, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

MOS 1745
SN US55264319  
   
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