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First Name: Donald

Last Name: Long

Birthplace: Blackford, OH, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Ashland, KY
Middle Name: Russell

Date of Birth: 27 August 1939

Date of Death: 30 June 1966

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served: 1963 - 1966
Donald Russell Long

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Donald Russell Long
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Sergeant Donald Russell Long (27 August 1939 - 30 June 1966) was a U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded America's highest military award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Vietnam War.

Donald Russell Long was born on 27 August 1939 in Blackfork, OH. Long joined the Army in Ashland, KY, in 1963. On 30 June 1966, he was serving as a Sergeant in Troop C, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. On that day, Long's unit came under heavy enemy attack during a reconnaissance patrol. During the battle, a hand grenade was thrown near Long and the crew of a disabled armored personnel carrier. He threw himself on the grenade, successfully protecting his fellow soldiers while sacrificing his own life. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic action.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division.

Place and date: Republic of Vietnam,30 June 1966.

Entered service at: Ashland, KY. Born: 27 August 1939, Blackfork, OH.

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.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Donald Russell Long's name is inscribed on Panel 08E - Line 112.

Death and Burial

Sergeant Donald Russell Long was killed in action on 30 June 1966. He is buried at Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Blackfork, OH.

Honoree ID: 1015   Created by: MHOH




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