Herbert H. Long
Colonel, United States Marine Corps
a contemporary press report:
Herbert H. "Trigger" Long, 83, a retired Marine Corps colonel and a heavily decorated World War II combat fighter pilot and Squadron Commander who later served as Staff Chief of the First Marine Air Wing in Vietnam during the conflict there, died September 27, 2001, at a hospice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He had Parkinson's disease.
During World War II, Colonel Long flew F4F "Wildcat" and F4U "Corsair" fighters from the Solomons and from the carrier Bunker Hill. He flew 95 combat missions, destroying 10 Japanese aircraft.
When he retired from active duty in 1968, his
decorations included the Legion of Merit with combat "V," eight awards
of the Distinguished Flying Cross, 17 Air Medals and two Purple Hearts.
Posted: 23 Juloy 2004