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CMOHS.org - Sergeant LONG, CHARLES R., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

LONG, CHARLES R.

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company M
Division: 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division
Born: 10 December 1923, Kansas City, Mo.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Kansas City, Mo.
G.O. Number: 18
Date of Issue: 02/01/1952
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Hoengsong, Korea, 12 February 1951
 
 


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Citation

Sgt. Long, a member of Company M, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. When Company M, in a defensive perimeter on Hill 300, was viciously attacked by a numerically superior hostile force at approximately 0300 hours and ordered to withdraw, Sgt. Long, a forward observer for the mortar platoon, voluntarily remained at his post to provide cover by directing mortar fire on the enemy. Maintaining radio contact with his platoon, Sgt. Long coolly directed accurate mortar fire on the advancing foe. He continued firing his carbine and throwing handgrenades until his position was surrounded and he was mortally wounded. Sgt. Long's inspirational, valorous action halted the onslaught, exacted a heavy toll of enemy casualties, and enabled his company to withdraw, reorganize, counterattack, and regain the hill strongpoint. His unflinching courage and noble self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service.