1Lt Louis L. Longman

1Lt Louis L. Longman

Birth
Murdock, Swift County, Minnesota, USA
Death 16 Apr 1944 (aged 26)
Papua New Guinea
Burial Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
Plot 1 - 439
Memorial ID 56761775 · View Source
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From The Clinton Herald
April 08, 2014

Louis L. Longman, a 26-year old Clinton, Iowa native serving with the 433rd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, was last seen April 16, 1944 as his unit returned from a B-25 bomber escort mission over Hollandia, New Guinea.

The 5th Air Force lost 53 pilots and crewman that day in what became known as "Black Sunday."

Longman's last reported location was in the vicinity of Bogadjim, New Guinea. He was officially declared deceased on Feb. 27, 1946.

Memorial services, with full military honors provided by the Iowa National Guard, will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday April 12th, 2014 at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery in Rock Island, IL. The public is welcome to attend the memorial service.

The Pape Funeral Home in Clinton is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

Louis was born on Jan. 23, 1918 in Murdock, MN to George and Ellen (Cleary) Longman.

He graduated from St. Mary's High School in Clinton in 1936, where he participated in a wide variety of school activities, including basketball, football (All-State honorable mention), yearbook sports editor, dramatics, and class officer positions.

Louis enlisted in the U.S. Army on Feb. 19, 1942, and transferred into the U.S. Army Corps in June 1942.

He left the U.S. for duty in the Pacific theater in July 1943 and was assigned to the 433rd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps.

Among his military awards and honors is the Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/4 Bronze Service Stars), WWII Victory Medal and Pilot Wings.

The family of 1st Lt. Louis Longman asks that the dignity of his memorial service be respected. Among survivors include several nieces, nephews and cousins. Since his death, his parents, four brothers and four sisters are deceased.
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Click on the link below to read about his military burial at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery:

WWII pilot laid to rest
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He is also listed on the tablets of missing/remains recovered at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines on a www.FindAGrave.com Memorial Page created by Contributor ShaneO.
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  • Maintained by: N. Dale Talkington
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56761775
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Louis L. Longman (23 Jan 1918–16 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56761775, citing Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by N. Dale Talkington (contributor 47256317) .