The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
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, Ky. Born:
27 August 1939, Blackfork, Ohio. G.O. No.: 13, 4 April 1968.
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 machineguns, 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 one 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.