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PFC Don C. Longanecker
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Birth: Feb. 22, 1924
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1944, France

Pvt. Don C. Longanecker, Jr., 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don C. Longanecker, of West Lincoln street, Waynesburg, was killed in action November 8 while serving as an infantryman with Gen. Patton's Third Army in the opening phase of the Third Army's assault between Nancy and Metz in France.

A graduate in the class of 1943 at Waynesburg High School, where he was active in forensic work and public speaking, he entered Allegheny College at Meadville, that fall and enlisted in the Army reserve corps. He was called to active duty in February 1943, but because of illness was unable to report until August, 1943, when he was assigned to an anti-tank battalion at Camp Hood, Texas.

After qualifying for the Army Specialized Training Corps and assigned to Texas A & M College, he voluntarily transferred to the infantry because he did not wish to study engineering. He trained at Yuma, Ariz., and left Camp Dix, N. J., last June for England. At Yuma he achieved highest ratings in marksmanship. A month later he left for France, joining Gen. Patton's Third Army following the breakthrough at St. Lo. He was assigned to a rifle platoon of Co. C., 318th Infantry of the 30th Division.

Pvt. Longanecker was a member of the Waynesburg Presbyterian Church; Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Allegheny College, where he was a student for one semester.

He is survived by his parents, Don C. and Carrie Gwynne Longanecker; one sister, Jean, a student at Allegheny College; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Nora Gwynne, Waynesburg; and his paternal grandfather, S. F. Longanecker, Waynesburg.

Democrat Messenger
December 4, 1944

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  Don Cameron Longanecker (1892 - 1990)
  Carrie Ellen Gwynne Longanecker (1897 - 1978)
Greene County Memorial Park
Greene County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Feb 21, 2010
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