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Robert Harley Young

Robert Harley Young
Born March 4, 1929, Oroville, CA
Died November 5, 1950, Military Hospital in Japan
Service Branch Army
Rank Private First Class
Rating or Job Infantry
Unit Company E, 8th Cavalry Division
Campaign Kaesong, Korea
Military Citations

Medal of Honor, Purple Heart

Honors

Orphanage in Korea established in his name.

American Legion Post in Carmichael, CA bears his name.

Family

Parents: Melvin Dewey Young and Dorothy May Luk Young of Vallejo, CA

Fifth of five children

Notes

Service Number 19255270
Died of Wounds

Enlisted from: Oroville, CA

Corporal Young was a member of Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He 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 an attack on enemy positions near Kaesong, South Korea. 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. For his great leadership and valor, Corporal Young was awarded the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Medal of Honor Citation

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