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Robert Harley Young

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U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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Private First Class Young's company was spearheading a battalion drive deep in enemy territory when it suddenly came under a devastating barrage of enemy mortar and automatic weapons crossfire which inflicted heavy casualties among his comrades and wounded him in the face and shoulder. Refusing to be evacuated, Private First Class Young remained in position and continued to fire at the enemy until wounded a second time. As he awaited first aid near the company command post the enemy attempted an enveloping movement. Disregarding medical treatment he took an exposed position and firing with deadly accuracy killed five of the enemy. During this action he was again hit by hostile fire which knocked him to the ground and destroyed his helmet. Later when supporting tanks moved forward, Private First Class Young, his wounds still unattended, directed tank fire which destroyed three enemy gun positions and enabled the company to advance. Wounded again by an enemy mortar burst, and while aiding several of his injured comrades, he demanded that all others be evacuated first. One month later PFC Young was killed in action.

Private First Class Young was seriously wounded while fighting the enemy in South Korea on September 14, 1950 and returned to duty on September 22, 1950. On October 9, 1950, he received multiple wounds as he while participating in the attack on enemy positions that earned him the Medal of Honor. Refusing medical aid he fired on the enemy killing 5 and directed friendly tank fire, until he lost consciousness. He died of those wounds on November 5, 1950.

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