Ronald Lawrence DeLong was the son of Lawrence Arthur DeLong and Dorothy Elizabeth Tollerton. He attended Southern Missionary College in Chattanooga, TN, where he was majoring in theology. He was a member of Upsilon Delta Phi fraternity. He married Linda Gale Dowden on June 25, 1968.

Cpl. DeLong was killed in action in the Province Pleiku in Vietnam. He was a Medical Specialist.

The Frederick Post (Maryland), 25 November 1969
Ronald De Long dies in Vietnam. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence De Long, formerly of Reels Mill Road, and now living in Oakland, received word of the death of their son, Pfc. Ronald DeLong, Nov. 6 at Pleiu Ku area of Vietnam.
Pfc. DeLong is the 30th area casualty and had been in Vietnam only one month, serving with Co. D, 3rd Bde, 4th Division, 1st Platoon as a medic.
He attended the Frederick Seventh Day Adventist Church School in Frederick, the Mt. Aetna Academy near Hagerstown, and had studied theology at Southern Missionary College, Collegeville, Tenn., for two years, before being drafted in April of this year. He received his basic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Mrs. Linda DeLong, Collegeville, Tenn., two sisters, Mrs. Russell Fales, Frederick, Mrs. Fernando Rayes, Glendale, Calif., two nieces and two nephews, maternal grandfather, George Tollerton, Mexico, N.Y., and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willis DeLong, Chunky, Miss.
Funeral services were held in Shreveport, La., Nov, 14 and interment was in Shreveport.

Photo courtesy; Cindy Shultz

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of birth:
  • 31 December 1946
  • Date of death: 6 November 1969
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 4th Infantry Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Forest Park Cemetery West, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Top Panel
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