Eugene “Gene” Long remembers Hermann Göring, a Nazi leader tried in Nuremberg for crimes during the war.
Long attended the Nuremberg trials while stationed abroad as part of the Allied occupation of Germany.
After attending just a few days of the trials, he still recognizes some of the people’s faces while watching the History Channel. More than 200 court sessions were held in Nuremberg between 1945 and 1946.
On Oct. 1, 1946, the court sentenced Göring to death by hanging along with 10 others, but Göring killed himself with a cyanide capsule before he could be hanged.
As part of the Allied occupation forces, Long never fired his gun or saw combat.
The atomic bomb was dropped while he was in training in Georgia.
Despite the end of the war, Long was sent to Germany with the 18th Regiment of the 1st Division, and worked in the post exchange distributing cigarettes and other supplies to soldiers every two weeks.
Long was drafted into the Army on July 13, 1945 — just four months after registering. He returned home to Thurmont after one year of service and attended the University of Maryland under the GI Bill for $75 a month.
— Samantha Hogan