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Gerald Orren 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.

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BORN:  May 19, 1930 at Chicago, IL

Entered Service in the US Air Force from Colorado Springs, CO

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on November 09, 1967 at Khe Sanh, Vietnam

DIED:  June 06, 1990 at the age of 60

Captain Young in an HH-3E helicopter was escorting another helicopter attempting night rescue of an Army team facing imminent death or capture in Southeast Asia on November 9, 1967. Heavy enemy fire severely damaged the lead helicopter, yet its commander rescued three men before recommending abandonment of further rescue attempts. Ignoring the warning, Captain Young hovered under intense fire until the remaining survivors were aboard. Then his aircraft crashed in flames from enemy fire. Disregarding serious burns, Captain Young aided one of the wounded men, then attempted to lead the enemy from his position. Despite intense pain, he declined rescue because hostile forces were positioning to entrap rescue aircraft. For more than 17 hours he evaded capture until finally rescued.



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