Young, Richard Thomas, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
Service Years
1953 - 1965

Staff Sergeant

Four Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 17, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Burke Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery - Hildebran, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 099

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Cavalry Division 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
  1965-1965, 11B10, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
  1965-1965, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Silver Bayonet I - Battle of the Ia Drang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

SSG Richard Thomas Young, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Hildebran, North Carolina.

Staff Sergeant Richard Thomas Young was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SSG Young served our country until November 17th, 1965 in South Vietnam. He was 33 years old and was not married. It was reported that Richard died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. SSG Young is on panel 03E, line 099 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 12 years.

Platoon Sergeant Richard Thomas Young, 31 Henry River, was killed in Vietnam on November 17. The body is expected to arrive in Hickory about December 1. Department of the Defense telegrams telling of the death were delivered Tuesday to both his brother, Arthur Young, Henry River, and his Father, Oscar E Young, Henry River, and temporarily of Columbus, Georgia. Sgt Young, born in Catawba County on December 17, 1932 was in the Second Battalion, Seventh Cavalry of the US Army and had been stationed in Vietnam since July. He had joined the Armed Forces in 1953 where he completed his high school education and then four years later received his college degree. He took his basic training in Alabama and was later stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1961 he was stationed in Germany, and Hawaii in 1963 and in Africa in 1964. He visited his family for the last time a week before he left for Vietnam.

Also surviving are five sisters; Mrs McKinley London and Mrs Gunter Willes, both of Hickory. Mrs Paul Bivens, Hildebran, Mrs Herbert London, Icard and Mrs Everette Hildebran, of Connelly Springs; four brothers, Arthur, Glen, Toby and Thurman Young, all of the Hildebran Henry River Section. Funeral arrangements won't be made until the Father arrives in Hickory in a few days. Mrs Glenn Young received the last letter written by the Sergeant. The letter, dated October 24, read in part: "We had a treat tonight, coffee. We never have bread here, once in a while crackers. I've only had two baths since I've been here and I have already worn out my boots. Boots won't last long here for they're wet most of the time. Right now I'm writing by flashlight. They are all around us. I get the feeling everything is going to break loose". The last paragraph read: "This is the craziest war, You never know where the Viet Cong are. A sniper fired at me today, but his bullet killed a Sergeant behind me instead". "At least I'm sure of one thing, I won't be shot by that sniper, I made sure of that".

He is the Son of Mr Oscar Young and Mrs Delie Huffman Young of Catawba County.

He served with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division(AMBL), USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal(s) and The Good Conduct Medal(s)


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