Long, PFC Winton J.

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PFC Winton Jean Long
Born 1920 – Washington 
Parents: Harrison A. Long and Ethel E. Wood-Long
– father died or parents divorced
– mother married Karl Kotzen
Siblings: one brother
Hometown: Chelan, Washington. 
Enlisted: U.S. Army Air Corps
Training: not known
– Stationed: Chanute Airfield, Rantoul, Illinois – 1940
Unit: 93rd Bomb Squadron, 19th Bomb Group (Heavy)
Overseas: November 1941
Stationed: Clark Field
Battle of Luzon:
– 8 December 1941
– lived through the Japanese attack on Clark Field
– the Army Air Corps was effectively destroyed
– only two of his units B-17s survived the attack
– 192nd Tank Battalion
– after the attack, the members of the Air Corps fought as infantry
– he appears to have made the decision that he would fight with the tanks
– sometime between December 8 and December 30, he ended up with the 192nd Tank Battalion
– drove a Bren Gun carrier for the battalion
– 30 December 1941
– Winton was driving Sgt. Jack Merrifield
– other accounts state they were in a truck towing the carrier
– the Bren Gun carrier went off the side of the bridge and into the Pampanga River
– Merrifield and Winton were pulled from the water
– the medics worked on Merrifield for 45 minutes
– he was revived
– the medics worked on Long for over an hour
– he did not revive
– Merrifield was sent back to the hospital for treatment
– Long’s body was sent back for burial
– it is not known if his remains were recovered after the war
– May 1942 – his family learned of his death
– Tablets of the Missing, American Military Cemetery, Manila, Philippine Islands

 

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