Memorial service for WWII fighter pilot

April  11, 2014

      More than 70 years after he died, a funeral will be held tomorrow (4/12) for a Clinton man.

      Louis Longman was 26 years old in 1944 when his fighter plane went down during a mission in the South Pacific during World War II. Longman was officially declared dead in 1946, but his remains were not recovered until 2007, and identified four years later.

      A memorial service and interment will begin at 1 pm at the National Cemetery on Arsenal Island. The Iowa National Guard will provide full military honors and the memorial service will be open to the public.

      According to the Iowa National Guard, Longman graduated from Saint Mary's High School in Clinton in 1936, and enlisted in the Army in 1942. After receiving his pilot's wings, he was assigned to a figher squadron in the Pacific theater. His plane went down during severe weather over New Guinea in April 1944.