• Tribute to Pvt Homer S LONG Jr - F/193rd & 194th GIR

    (February 03, 1925 - April 06, 1945)

     

      

    Son of  Homer Smith LONG Sr and Bessie Leona MOTTER-LONG, Homer S LONG Jr was born on February 03, 1925 in Kane, Pennsylvania. He lived at Bradford, Pennsylvania and was employed by the Pepsi Cola Co, Olean, New-York when he was enlisted on April 07 and inducted on April 14, 1943 at Buffalo, New York. He received ASN 32930595.

    Private LONG was immediately sent to Camp McKall, North Carolina for basic training and assigned to Company F/193rd GIR of the new 17th Airborne Division.

    Homer LONG was killed in action on April 06, 1945 in the area of Hamm, Germany while his regiment was involved in the Rhur pocket battle, attached to the 95th Infantry Division.

     

    Article published in the OLEAN TIMES HERALD of Friday May 04, 1945

     

    He was buried at Margraten US Military Cemetery, Holland before being repatriated on December 03, 1948 and permanently buried at McKean Memorial Park Cemetery, Lafayette, Pennsylvania.

     

    Article published in the ERA, Bradford, PA of Thursday December 02, 1948

     

     

    Homer S LONG Jr was awarded Good Conduct Medal, Expert Rifleman, Glider qualification Badge, Paratrooper qualification badge, Combat Infantry Badge, European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars (for Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns) and one Arrowhead (for operation Varsity) and Purple Heart Medal (posthumously).

     

     

    This "GI's Tribute" has  been realized with the help of Sally LONG SENNETT (niece) and will be archived in the GI's Tribute - 194th GIR.


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