Corporal Bill Brooks Long was born on April 6, 1949, and was originally from La Follette, Tennessee. 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. Cpl. Long is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, and Purple Heart awards. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in La Follette, Tennessee, and is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 14W, Line 79.

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