LONG, DONALD RUSSELL

Rank and Organization

Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop C, First Squadron, Fourth Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division

Place and Date

Republic of Vietnam, 30 June 1966

Entered Service at

Ashland, Kentucky

Born

27 August 1939, Blackford, Ohio


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 1 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.

Donald R. Long's actions took place during the summer campaigns of 1966. This was some of the heaviest fighting Quarterhorse was to see in Vietnam. In addition, one of the gymnasiums on Fort Riley, Kansas, was dedicated to Sergeant Long.

Don Long's Brother's and Sister's Accepting his posthumus Medal Of Honor

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