GREEN BERETS Young, Laurence

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By Sally Dugan

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Young
  • FORENAME
Laurence
  • UNIT
SF (2 Bn USAIMA,Fort Bragg)
  • RANK
Staff Sergeant
  • NUMBER
  • AWARD
Silver Star
  • PLACE
North Vietnam 1970 (Son Tay)
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
6,5 and 7 SF Groups
173 Airborne Brigade (in Vietnam)
5 SF Group (in Vietnam)
 

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Laurence Young, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 21 November 1970 as a member of an all-volunteer joint U.S. Army and Air Force raiding force in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed heliborne assault mission to rescue United States military personnel held as prisoners of war at Son Tay prison in North Vietnam. This valiant effort was motivated by deep compassion for his imprisoned fellow men-at-arms, and by a strong sense of military duty and national pride. Sergeant Young, after debarking from the assault aircraft, immediately came under fire from an enemy force armed with automatic weapons. He immediately returned fire, helping to suppress the enemy's fire, and continued to his objective. After moving a short distance, he came under heavy fire from a building complex. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he assaulted and neutralized the enemy position. Sergeant Young's compassion for his fellow men and his fearless attitude in combat enabled his element to successfully complete its mission. Sergeant Young's daring skill, extraordinary heroism against an armed hostile force, and extreme devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself and the United States Army.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/24879
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