LONG, Michael

Rank: 
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) (later Honorary Captain)
Unit/Base: 
9 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Service: 
Army
Number: 
97967
Michael Long MBE MC 9 Commando
Temporary Captain Michael Long was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations to cross the Garigliano river on the night of 29/30 December 1943. This was known as Operation Partridge [1][2].
Recommendation
"West of Garigliano River on the night of 29/30 Dec.'43.
This officer was in command of one of the troops under Captain Cameron. He led his troop in the attack, and then swam across a strong current under mortar fire to a pile of the demolished bridge, taking a rope, after efforts to cross in a rubber boat had failed. He organised a bridgehead on the far bank, which was still in enemy occupation, and held it until the whole force was safely over."[2].
  • 10 November 1964 (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders T.A.) having attained the age limit ceased to belong to the T.A. Reserve of Officers retaining his rank of Honorary Captain [3].
  • 1978 District Officer for the Forestry Commission in Scotland appointed M.B.E. (Civil Division) [4].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36497, page 2044.
[2] National Archives file WO373/5/47.
[3] London Gazette 43483, page 9505.
[4] London Gazette 47723 published on the 29 December 1978. Page 15 of 32.
[Image] David Kealy / CVA Gallery image.
 
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