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George Henry Long
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1916
Lamar County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 14, 1944, Belgium

GEORGE HENRY LONG - It is with profound regret that we announce this week the loss of another member of the Pleasant Hill Honor Roll while serving with the American forces overseas. The sad news that George Henry Long had been killed in Belguim reached here last Wednesday, October 4. The message from the War Department to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Long, who live six miles down the bluff in North Calhoun County, stated he was killed in action September 14. This makes the sixth Gold Star member in Pleasant Hill community viith two others reported missing in action. The previous members making the supreme sacrifice are John W. Springer, killed February 20, 1944 at Anzio beachhead, Lawrence Guthrie killed while on a mission over Romania on April 5, 1944, Ross Galloway killed in Italy on May 25, 1944, Dean Yokem killed at Anzio beachhead on June 3, 1944 and Norman Long killed in a vehicle accdent in Italy on June 20, 1944. The two men missing are Russell Benjamin who was on the U. S. Houston when it sank many montns ago and more recently Gerald Wintjen was reported missing when the U. S. S. Warrington sank during the terrible hurricane off the Atlantic coast on September 14. It will be noted this is also the date George Henry Long was killed. The last letter the Long family received from George Henry was dated September 2 and at that time it was thought he was around Paris. He drove a bantam jeep and a short time ago he mailed home a news­paper picture of jeeps entering Paris and he asked that they be hell until he got back home. It is thought he may have been the driver of one of the jeeps. His military career started March 10, 1942 at Scott Field and after six weeks of training he was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas and placed in the Mctorized Cavalry. He was used as an instructor for some time in that type of warfare. From there he was transferred to Camp Maxey, Texas and then shipped across the Atlantic landing in England around the firstl of November of '43. When the conflict opened in France he was sent across the channel and no doubt has been in much action the past few weeks. George Henry is the son of George H. and Clora Jennings Long and the family is well known in Pike and Calhoun counties. His grandfather is Henry C. Long an aged resident of Belleview, and the grandparents on his mother's side are William S. and Ida Jennings. The Jennings family were early settlers in this community first locating near Atlas along in the 1830's then later secured land five miles below Pleasant Hill along the present black-top road. The Jennings and Long families own a considerable acreage of fine farming land in that immediate vicinity. George Henry is the third child in a family of five and was born at Paris, Texas in 1916. On December 24 he would have reached his 28th birthday. The family resided in Texas about seven years then returned to North Calhoun county. He attended Pleasant Hill Community High School, graduating with the class of 1934. He was a congenial young man of good habits and had many friends in the community. The untimely passing of young men of this type is indeed a great loss to any community. The Messenger joins in extending sympathy to the Long family at this time. Besides his parents and grandparents he leaves one brother, Homer of East St. Louis, Illinois, and three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Clayton of Birmingham, Alabama, Mrs. Kathryn Roach of Jacksonville, Illinois and Mrs. Mary DeTar of Decatur, Illinois. -
Contributed by Billie Browning from the Harman House Obituaries

A few days ago Mrs. George Long received a letter from England that explained how her son, George Henry Long, was killed in Belgium September 14, 1944. The letter was written by Joyce Webb, a young lady of Glastonburg, Somerset, England. She became acquainted with George Henry while he was stationed in England and just recently learned the facts from one of George's buddies who had been returned to England because of wounds. Her letter is dated March 15 th. This buddy said he was present last September 14 in Belgium when George Henry was killed. He explained the Americans were trying out a new type American mine and George Henry and another man were carrying the mine when it exploded, killing both men instantly. The men were buried in a cemetery in Belgium but the soldier wasn't positive of the place of the burial. The young lady wrote she would try to learn the location in Belgium and the advise them where it was. 
Family links: 
  George H. Long (1886 - 1975)
  Clora D. Jennings Long (1887 - 1965)
  George Henry Long (1916 - 1944)
  Infant Son Long (1925 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Quincy National Cemetery
Adams County
Illinois, USA
Plot: , 377
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Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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