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Sgt Edward Francis Younger

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Sgt Edward Francis Younger

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death
6 Aug 1942 (aged 43)
Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot
Section 18, Site 1918-B
Memorial ID
6097142 View Source

Sgt. Younger was selected from among the enlisted men who fought in World War 1, to select the remains that would become the Unknown Soldier from 'The War To End All Wars.' He was taken to a hotel room into which had been placed caskets of unidentifiable American war dead. He was given the task, by John J. Pershing, General of the Armies of the United States, of selecting which one would receive the singular distinction. He was selected due to an unblemished combat record, seeing action in every major offensive from 1917 to the end of the war, as well as having received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest valor decoration. Sgt. Younger took little time in making the selection, his choice designated by placing a lone flower on the casket. His memoirs reflect that he sensed the casket contained a chap seeming to tell him . . . "You fought with me." The others were buried anonymously in an American War cemetery in France, while his choice received the US Medal of Honor, the Victoria Cross and the Medal Militaire. Younger became famous for this unsolicited role, his grave location at Arlington was long one of the most frequently requested. His book reflecting on the honor was entitled Known But Unto God.

Sgt. Younger was selected from among the enlisted men who fought in World War 1, to select the remains that would become the Unknown Soldier from 'The War To End All Wars.' He was taken to a hotel room into which had been placed caskets of unidentifiable American war dead. He was given the task, by John J. Pershing, General of the Armies of the United States, of selecting which one would receive the singular distinction. He was selected due to an unblemished combat record, seeing action in every major offensive from 1917 to the end of the war, as well as having received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest valor decoration. Sgt. Younger took little time in making the selection, his choice designated by placing a lone flower on the casket. His memoirs reflect that he sensed the casket contained a chap seeming to tell him . . . "You fought with me." The others were buried anonymously in an American War cemetery in France, while his choice received the US Medal of Honor, the Victoria Cross and the Medal Militaire. Younger became famous for this unsolicited role, his grave location at Arlington was long one of the most frequently requested. His book reflecting on the honor was entitled Known But Unto God.


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