Introduction Sergeant John Young will always be remembered as one of the most dedicated and disciplined soldiers in our entire battalion.
He was designated as Charlie Company's Outstanding Trainee at our graduation ceremony on July 22, 1966. If that wasn't enough, he was also selected as the entire Battalion's Outstanding Trainee! John seemed to be a born leader and he carried his inherent abilities from the training grounds at Fort Riley, Kansas, to the jungles, rice paddies, swamps, and bloody battlefields in the Mekong Delta. His no nonsense attitude was well respected by his men and his leaders - everyone knew he could be counted upon to achieve the mission and that he would be there to pull a buddy to safety no matter the circumstances. Though, we have not seen each other in over 32 years, I am very proud to call him my friend - afterall, he and I, as well as all the men who came together at Fort Riley and went into combat, are all part of our "Extended Family.
Bill Reynolds - November 5, 2000