Full military services for Major Gail Young, grandson of Mrs. H.A. Whitener of this city, were held at the Fairview Cemetery in Shamrock at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, July 11. He was killed in a plane crash near Lakenhearth Air Base in England June 24, 1952.
The body, accompanied by Captain Carl R. Jossy of Offutt Air Base, Omaha, Neb., arrived in Shamrock Wednesday, July 9. Major Young, who was reared in Shamrock, died in the flaming crash of a B-29, while on a routine training flight. The ten other members of the crew also perished.
Rev. James O. Todd, Shamrock Baptist pastor, was in charge of the last rites. Full military services were conducted with six majors from the Amarillo Air Force Base serving as pallbearers. The Shamrock National Guard Unit provided the color guard.
Major Young was born March 27, 1916, near Kelton. An Irish grid star, he was graduated from Shamrock High School in 1935, and attended Amarillo Junior College and Texas A. & M. College. He stopped his studies at A. & M. at midterm in 1941, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in March of 1941. He had been in military service continuously since that time.
In June of 1946, he received his commission in the Regular Air Force. He had been in England since March 25, 1952. For the past three years he had been stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb.
On August 19, 1943, at San Marcos, he was married to Miss Marjorie Ricketts of Paola, Kans.
Major Young was a member of the Baptist Church.
Clay Funeral Home was in charge of interment in Fairview Cemetery in Shamrock.
(Published in The Wheeler Times, July 17, 1952)
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