Long, Perry J

Rank: Technician Fourth Grade

Unit: 2d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 2d Cavalry Group (Mecz)

WWII PH Medal

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, American Campaign Medal, Europe / African / Middle East Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal

Date of birth: 21 January 1918

Hometown: Green Bluff, Washington

Campaign: WWII

Died: 2 April 1945

Age at death: 27

Cause of death: Killed in action, shot by a sniper

Location of fatality: Waldenberg, Germany

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Place of interment: Lorraine American Cemetery in St Avold, France

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Note: There were about 15 men fighting dismounted around the CP. Most of them were from the Squadron Maintenance Platoon. They did everything they could to keep the Germans from coming in and surrounding them, but the odds were too great. It seemed like practically every building in town was burning from mortar and shell fire. The Germans were coming in from four sides. Captain Mayfield and his driver, T/4 Perry J. Long, were standing out in front of the CP building when a sniper opened up and killed them both. Capt. Winston C. Hill assumed command of the remaining members of the Rear Echelon.