W.C.Long entered the Anti Aircraft branch in January, 1943. Nine months later he sailed across the International Date Line to the South Pacific. He served as a Supply Sergeant on New Guinea, the Fiji Islands and the Philippines. Following the end of the war he was selected to aid in the training of the native army. In January,1946 W.C.sailed to Ft Lewis in Washington then home to Georgia.
With knowledge of farming, W.C. entered Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in Tifton, Georgia. He would meet and married Anne Richardson of Tifton. The young couple moved to Athens for W.C. to complete his degree and earn a Masters at the University of Georgia. W.C. and Anne had two sons, Robert Ernest and William Joseph.
Returning to south Georgia, Nahunta and then Jesup would become their home. W.C. was a high school agriculture teacher, farmer, businessman and served as Wayne County manager and a Georgia State Senator.