VIETNAM - YOUNG, CLARENCE C

Young, Clarence C

VIETNAM - YOUNG, CLARENCE C
YOUNG, CLARENCE C

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Unit: M Company, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11E – Armor Crewman

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 28-Aug-1937

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Marital status: Married to Mary A. Young, one daughter

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 19-Oct-1969

Incident date: 14-Feb-1970

Date of casualty: 14-Feb-1970

Age at death: 32

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Clarence C. Young was killed while a commander of a military vehicle on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / Tank commander on tank on reconnaissance patrol.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Three Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP5 Samuel Joseph Jorgensen
SP4 Wayne Dabney McRay
SFC Clarence C. Young

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 256 693

Place of interment: Fort Benning Post Cemetery, Fort Benning, Georgia, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 13W 013 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

SILVER STAR

SILVER STAR
POSTHUMOUS

STAFF SERGEANT CLARENCE C. YOUNG
14 FEBRUARY 1970
M COMPANY, 3rd SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Staff Sergeant Young distinguished himself by gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force on 14 February 1970 while serving as a platoon sergeant with Company M, 3d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date Sergeant Young’s platoon was attached to Troop C and was summoned to the aid of an infantry unit who was engaged with the enemy in a fierce battle. Upon arrival at the scene of contact the Troop’s tanks began to assault the enemy bunkers but could not employ their main guns due to the close proximity of the friendly troops. Sergeant Young advanced his platoon despite the deadly enemy barrage of rocket propelled grenades, small arms and automatic weapons fire launched upon them, in an attempt to crush the bunkers and aid the friendly unit to reposition tank elements. As the platoon continued destroying enemy bunkers a rocket propelled grenade struck Sergeant Young mortally wounding him instantly. Staff Sergeant Young’s actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 1483 (8 April 1970)

 

 

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