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Full Name: Richard George Long
Rank Last Held:
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Warrant Officer Class 2
Forename(s): Richard George
Surname: Long
War:
  • World War II, 1939-1945
  • Jayforce, 1945-1948
  • Korean War, 1950-1953
Serial No.:
  • 248437
  • 203631
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 30 August 1920
Place of Birth: Dunedin, New Zealand
First Known Rank:
  • Gunner
  • Unknown
  • Warrant Officer Class 2
Occupation before Enlistment: Storeman / Farmer
Next of Kin:
  • Mrs K. Long (mother), Pacific House, Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand
  • Mrs K. Long (mother), Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address:
  • Howard Road, Taradale, New Zealand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
  • JayForce
  • Kayforce
Embarkation Unit:
  • Royal New Zealand Artillery
  • Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • 163 Battery
Embarkation Date:
  • Unknown
  • 10 December 1950
Place of Embarkation:
  • Unknown
  • Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel:
  • Unknown
  • Ormonde
Destination:
  • Japan
  • Pusan, Korea (1 January 1951)
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 9
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 235
Other Units:
  • New Zealand Army
  • 2 New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1942-43
  • Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) 1943-45
Military Awards: New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served:
  • Royal New Zealand Artillery
  • Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment
Place of Death: Samnangjin-ni, thirty-three kilometres south of Miryang on the main Miryang-Pusan Road, Korea
Date of Death: 13 January 1951
Age at Death: 30
Year of Death: 1951
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 17 January 1951, p. 6.
Biographical Notes:
  • Served with 2 New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1942-43
  • Served with Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) 1943-45
  • Served with Kayforce 1950-51
  • Educated at King Edward Technical College, Dunedin. During WWII he served with the artillery in the Pacific, 1942-43. In 1943-45 he trained as a pilot in the Air Force in New Zealand and Canada. After the war he was a farmer at Taradale, near Napier.
  • 1942 onwards he had been in the grocery business at Ponsonby.
  • Warrant Officer Long was killed in an ambush at Samnangjin-ni.
  • Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton presented the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) to next of kin of New Zealanders who were killed or died in military operations since 1945 at a ceremony at Parliament 3 September 2003.
  • The New Zealand Operational Service Medal was received on his behalf by his cousin Mrs Lois Burleigh of Wellington.
Description of Image:
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999).
  • Hall of Memories WW2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, looking East (taken in April 1999)
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942)
  • K-Force nominal roll : embarked for Korea on 'Ormonde' on 10 December 1950
  • McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs.
  • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch: Volplane Press.
  • New Zealand Defence Force. Roll of Honour. Personnel who have died on operational service since 3 September 1945. URL: http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/info/roll-of-honour/index.html
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