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Cassin Young



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Remembered at A.B.M.C. Manila
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Also Remembered At
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Mt. Pleasant, SC
In Memory Marker

Born:  March 6, 1894 at Washington, DC

Entered Service in the US Navy from Wisconsin

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

DIED:  November 13, 1942 at the age of 48

NOTE:  Commander Young earned his Medal of Honor for actions at Pearl Harbor and was killed in action less than a year later during the naval battle of Guadalcanal.  An "In Memory" marker is located in Mt. Pleasant, SC in addition to the memorial at A.B.M.C. Manila.

Commander Young was C.O. of the U.S.S. Vestal, during the attack on the U.S. Naval Fleet in Pearl Harbor by enemy Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. Commander Young proceeded to the bridge and later took personal command of the three-inch antiaircraft gun. When blown overboard by the blast of the forward magazine explosion of the U.S.S. Arizona, to which the U.S.S. Vestal was moored, he swam back to his ship. The entire forward part of the U.S.S. Arizona was a blazing inferno with oil afire on the water between the two ships; as a result of several bomb hits, the U.S.S. Vestal was afire in several places, was settling and taking on a list. Despite severe enemy bombing and strafing at the time, and his shocking experience of having been blown overboard, Commander Young, with extreme coolness and calmness, moved his ship to an anchorage distant from the U.S.S. Arizona, and subsequently beached the U.S.S. Vestal upon determining that such action was required to save his ship.



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