Medal of Honor

 

 

LONG, DONALD RUSSELL *

 

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, Kentucky

 

Born: 27 August 1939, Blackfork, 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.

 


I received this message on 9 December 2007:

Hello,

I am Ann (Long) Leavenworth. I am the niece of Don Russell. The Wall: Panel 08E - Row 112. I have heard many times that the comrades that survived that day due to my Uncle's heroism have tried to contact us. Please, if you know of these individuals note my email and address as follows:

ann.leavenworth@hotmail.com

Thank you very much...
I appreciate your page.

Ann


--- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: LONG

First name: DONALD RUSSELL

Home of Record (official): COLUMBUS

State (official): OH

Date of Birth: Sunday, August 27, 1939

Sex: Male

Race: Negro

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: SGT

Serial Number: 52557621

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E5

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11D40

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Sunday, September 19, 1965

Date of Casualty: Thursday, June 30, 1966

Age at time of loss: 26

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Unknown/Not Reported

The Wall: Panel 08E - Row 112

 


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