June 20, 2014

Sergeant Charles R. Long Memorial Bridge

This bridge in Fairmount is dedicated to a local war hero who gave his life serving in the United States Army in Korea in 1951, Sergeant Charles R. Long.

Charles Long grew up in Mt. Washington and during his youth he was a paperboy for the Kansas City Star and worked for the original Inter-City News.  After graduating from Northeast High School he joined the Army in 1941.  He served in Europe during WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he remained a Reservist, and during the Korean Conflict he was recalled and served as a Sergeant in Company M of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

On February 12, 1951, as Sgt. Long’s platoon was being overrun, Sgt. Long voluntarily held his position, throwing hand grenades until he was killed by enemy fire.  He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military honor that can be awarded. A scholarship in his name is presented every year at Northeast High School by Class of 1949 graduate Bill George.

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