The following account appears in the book 'A Dark and Bloody Ground' by Edward G. Miller. "The newly arrived 83rd Division had replaced the 4th Division Dec. 6 for the final attack through the northern reaches of the Hurtgen Forest". "The 2d Battalion, 331st Infantry, set out in the chilling early morning darkness of 10 December and had troops in the town of Gey by daylight. The Germans made the Americans fight for every house, and the GI's had no tank support. Three of the supporting tanks lost tracks to mines and blocked the muddy trail to Gey from the west. The Germans took advantage of the delay to reinforce their troops in Gey. The Americans did the same on 11 December, and neither side made any progress". I thought this account might interest you. If William Long was in the 2nd Battalion?, 331st Infantry he probably died December 10th in this Gey vicinity.Hope this helps.