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Col Charles Young

Col Charles Young

Birth
Mays Lick, Mason County, Kentucky, USA
Death 8 Jan 1922 (aged 57)
Lagos, Nigeria
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3, Lot 1730
Memorial ID 19550 · View Source
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United States Army Officer. A 1889 graduate of the United States Military Acadeny at West Point, he served in the United States Army until advanced to the grade of Colonel, thereby becoming the highest-ranking African-American in the army in 1918. When his request to serve as a commander in the First World War was declined due to a medical disability, he unsuccessfully attempted to demonstrate his fitness for duty by riding by horseback from his residence at Wilberforce, Ohio to the nation's capital. In 1919, he became the military attache to the Liberian government, where he later died under mysterious circumstances. The "Colonel Young House" at Wilberforce still stands.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 16 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19550
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Charles Young (12 Mar 1864–8 Jan 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19550, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .