Name: Carl Edwin  Long
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O3
Date of Birth: 08 February 1944
Home City of Record: COLLEGE STATION TX
Date of Loss: 20 December 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 102949 North 1070328 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OV10A
Other Personnel in Incident:  Pilot LTJG Joel A. Sandburg, (recovered partial remains
January 7-9, 1970)


Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2020



No further information available at this time.


On December 20, 1969, pilot LTJG Joel A. Sandburg and observer CPT Carl E. Long were the crew of a U.S. Navy OV-10A Bronco (#155503) from Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4), “Black Ponies,” on a visual reconnaissance patrol north of the Vung Tau peninsula in Phuoc Tuy Province, RVN. The aircraft was on a day artillery spotting mission, and while investigating a sampan, was lost due to enemy action. When the ground controller lost communication with the aircraft, a helicopter operating in the area reported the burning wreckage eight nautical miles from Vung Tau Army Air Field. The aircraft crashed in a swamp area which gradually enveloped the wreckage, thwarting all attempts at salvage. Recovery efforts during January 7-9, 1970, resulted in partial pilot’s remains being recovered from the aircraft. The recovery team was unable to locate the remains of CPT Long, which were estimated to be in the aft portion of the cockpit, crushed beneath the aircraft’s left wing and buried under 7-8 feet of mud. The team had no equipment available capable of recovering remains. Salvage operations were terminated at that time and no other recovery efforts were planned. In March 1970, another search team returned to the crash site but was unable to locate the wreckage. On September 8, 1992, a Joint Team visited nearby Hoi Bai village to interview local residents regarding the recovery of alleged U.S. remains. Two witnesses reported they recovered remains and an identification card from the crash site. These were turned over to province officials in February 1987. The two witnesses provided the team bone fragments and other evidence correlating to CPT Long recovered from the site. On December 1992, the Vietnamese government repatriated the remains believed to be CPT Long, and they were positively identified on May 3, 2004. They were interred at Arlington National Cemetery. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]


Submitted by William M. Killian






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On May 3, 2004, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC, now DPAA) identified the remains of Captain Carl Edwin Long, missing from the Vietnam War.

Captain Long entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Texas and was a member of the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company. On December 20, 1969, he was an observer aboard an OV-10A Bronco (bureau number 155503, call sign "Black Pony") on a visual reconnaissance mission over South Vietnam. While investigating a target over Ba Raia-Vung Tau Province, the aircraft was shot down by enemy fire and Capt Long was killed in the crash. The wreckage fell in a swamp and sank, preventing attempts to recover Capt Long's remains at the time of his loss. In 1992, the Vietnamese government repatriated a set of remains that U.S. analysts eventually identified as those of Capt Long.

Captain Long is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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