SGT William C Young Jr.

SGT William C Young Jr.

Birth
Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, USA
Death 18 Oct 1944 (aged 21)
Netherlands
Burial Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, USA
Plot MorningSide Section - North Side - Row 8
Memorial ID 74942563 · View Source
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Body Of Sgt. Young To Arrive Here Monday; Funeral Next Thursday

The body of Sgt. William C. Young, Jr., 22, so of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Young, 1012 North Court street, Rockford, former residents of Freeport, will arrive in Freeport via the Milwaukee railroad Monday, June 20, at 8:25 p.m., and be met by an escort of the Allied Veterans association and taken to the Walker mortuary. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 23, at 1:30p.m. at the mortuary, Rev. C. F. Landwere, pastor of First English Lutheran church officiating. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery with military rites conducted by the Allied Veterans association. Bearers will be former schoolmates of Freeport high. Sgt. Young was born July 22, 1923, in Freeport. While a student at Freeport high school, where he graduated in 1941, he was prominently identified with athletics as a member of the track, basketball and football squads. Later, during his first year at Beloit college, he was captain of the freshman football team and a member of the basketball team. He reported for induction March 20, 1943, while in college, and received his training at St. Petersburg, Fla., Scott Field, Ill., and Tonopah, Nev., from where he went overseas in July, 1944. Ten days before his death he was awarded the Air Medal. Before entering service he had been employed at the Kraft Cheese company. Sgt. Young was killed in action over Germany Oct. 18, 1944, while serving as a nose gunner on a B-24 bomber. Surviving are his widow Arlyne Young, and a daughter, Susan, residing in New York city; his parents and a brother, Delmar, living at home. (The Journal-Standard, Freeport, IL, Thursday, June 16, 1949, p. 5, Col. 2)

Members of the crew were...

Pilot, Lt. Edward G. Lehnhausen, KIA.
Copilot, 2Lt. Charles Dolan, KIA.
Navigator, 2 Lt. Leonard Witkin, KIA.
Engineer, SSgt. Richard D. Haynam, KIA.
Radio operator, SSgt. Ernest C. Fuxa, KIA, see also his hometown memorial.
Waistgunner, Sgt. William C. Young, KIA.
Waistgunner, Sgt. Carl E. Adams, KIA.
Tailgunner, Sgt. Noah Gunter, KIA.
Nosegunner, Sgt. Byron C. Davis, KIA.


Inscription

WILLIAM C YOUNG
ILLINOIS
SGT 68 AAF BOMB SQ
WORLD WAR II
JULY 22 1923 - OCT 18 1944

Gravesite Details Place of death provided by: John Dowdy (#47791572)

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  • Created by: mokennehan
  • Added: 14 Aug 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 74942563
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT William C Young Jr. (22 Jul 1923–18 Oct 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 74942563, citing Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by mokennehan (contributor 47119719) .