Corporal Bill Brooks Long was born on April 6, 1949, and was originally from La Follette, Tennessee. Son of John Franklin Long and Edna Aileen Spitzer. Husband of Paula Sue Anderson.
He served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Army, as an infantryman in A Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. His tour in Vietnam began on September 8, 1969. On January 29, 1970, Cpl. Long was killed under hostile conditions in Tay Ninh province, South Vietnam; he was 20 years old at the time of his death. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in La Follette, Tennessee, and is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 14W, Line 79.

The Dayton Daily News, 7 June 1970
Paula Sue Long, 19 McClure St., has been presented the Bronze Star medal awarded posthumously to her husband, William Brooks Long, who was killed in Vietnam in January, 1970. She was also presented the Purple Heart, the Air medal, the first Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

Photo courtesy; Tony Santa Maria

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of birth:
  • 6 April 1949
  • Date of death: 29 January 1970
  • County: Campbell
  • Hometown: La Follette
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Air medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Woodlawn Cemetery, La Follette, Campbell County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXII, Top Panel
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