Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
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, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
Also Remembered At
Mt. Pleasant, SC
In Memory Marker
March 6, 1894 at Washington,
Service in the US Navy from Wisconsin
November 13, 1942 at the age of 48
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on
December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
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.
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.