|Death: ||Mar. 23, 1953, North Korea|
MIA at Battle of Pork Chop Hill
Buried in Illinois
Charles Harvey Long
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Service Number 55264319
Missing in Action - Presumed Dead
Died March 23, 1953 in Korea
Private First Class Long was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on March 23, 1953. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. His remains were recovered on December 15, 1993 and identified on October 24, 2006. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Private First Class Long was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
DPMO Nov. 21, 2006
SOLDIER MISSING IN ACTION FROM THE KOREAN WAR IS IDENTIFIED
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today
that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been
identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
He is Pfc. Charles H. Long, U.S. Army, of Durand, Ill. He will be buried Nov. 25 in
Representatives from the Army met with the next-of-kin to explain the recovery and
identification process and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary
of the Army.
On March 24, 1953, Long was one of four men from L Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st
Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, who was declared missing in action after engaging
enemy forces north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on what came to be known as Pork Chop
Hill. The bodies of two of the MIAs were recovered and a third MIA was returned alive during
Operation Big Switch after having been captured by Chinese Communist Forces. Long remained
unaccounted-for and eventually declared dead on March 24, 1954.
In 1993, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave United Nations
officials 33 boxes with human remains of alleged U.S. servicemen who were unaccounted-for.
The DPRK recovered the remains near Komsa-ri in Kangwon Province, which was near Long's
last known location. Also included in one of the boxes were Long's social security and
identification cards and identification tags.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the Armed Forces DNA Identification
Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA and dental comparisons in the identification of the
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing
Americans, visit the DPMO web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.
Plot: Cenopath memorial Tablets of the Missing-remains have been identifed
Created by: P Fazzini
Record added: Jan 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83034890
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I am grateful for your family's closure. I am sorry that it took so very long. You made the ultimate sacrifice. Rest Peacefully in Paradise, where there are no wars. With Respect,|
Kathie L. Webb Blair
Added: Oct. 19, 2013
With honor and respect. ★☆★|
Added: Aug. 14, 2013
We honor your sacrifice for millions of Americans. Peace be with you.|
Added: Mar. 29, 2013
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