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Korean War - U.S. Army

Charles Richard Long

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company M, 38th Infantry Regiment,
    2d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 12, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Hoeng-song, Korea
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 hand grenades 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.
Medal of Honor Recipient Charles R. Long
Medal of Honor Recipient Charles R. Long
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 16, 1952
    The Pentagon, presented by Sec. of Defense Robert Lovett to his Widow
  • Born: December 10, 1923, Kansas City, Clay County, MO, United States
  • Died: February 12, 1951, Korea
  • Buried: Mount Washington Cemetery (MH) (18-70), Independence, MO, United States
  • Location of Medal: Truman Presidential Library, Independence, MO

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