Donald Raymond YoungPrivate First Class
E CO, 3RD BN, 7TH INFANTRY, 199 INF BDE
Army of the United States
28 September 1946 - 27 April 1967
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Donald was serving with his platoon which was conducting a search and destroy operation near the village of Tan Nuit. The unit suddenly came under intense small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire from a well-entrenched Viet Cong Force. The platoon suffered immediate casualties with its left flank pinned down by machine gun fire coming from a reinforced Viet Cong Bunker. Donald disregarded his own safety and began to crawl toward the bunker with the intent of neutralizing the threat to his comrades. While doing so he was painfully wounded in his left shoulder. Undaunted and without regard to the enemy bullets striking all around him, Donald continued his valiant efforts until he was again hit and mortally wounded. For his valiant efforts Donald was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, which were presented to his parents, Robert and Thelma Young, at their home in Millbury, Massachusetts.
Donald loved his boat and water skiing on Ranshorm Pond in Millbury. When not on the water he could be seen riding his motorcyle around Millbury.
From his brother.
A Note from The Virtual WallEcho Company, 3rd Bn, 7th Infantry lost three men in the action described above:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Jul 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009