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MARVIN REX YOUNG


is honored on Panel 47W, Line 24 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Medal of Honor Citation

    Posted on 8/21/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Marvin Rex Young
    Date of birth: May 11, 1947
    Date of death: August 21, 1968
    Burial location: Odessa, Texas
    Place of Birth: Texas, Alpine
    Home of record: Odessa Texas
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Medal of Honor

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Marvin Rex Young (ASN: 18765849), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at the cost of his life while serving as a squad leader with Company C, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Vietnam, on 21 August 1968. While conducting a reconnaissance mission in the vicinity of Ben Cui, Company C was suddenly engaged by an estimated regimental-size force of the North Vietnamese Army. During the initial volley of fire the point element of the 1st Platoon was pinned down, sustaining several casualties, and the acting platoon leader was killed. Staff Sergeant Young unhesitatingly assumed command of the platoon and immediately began to organize and deploy his men into a defensive position in order to repel the attacking force. As a human wave attack advanced on Staff Sergeant Young's platoon, he moved from position to position, encouraging and directing fire on the hostile insurgents while exposing himself to the hail of enemy bullets. After receiving orders to withdraw to a better defensive position, he remained behind to provide covering fire for the withdrawal. Observing that a small element of the point squad was unable to extract itself from its position, and completely disregarding his personal safety, Staff Sergeant Young began moving toward their position, firing as he maneuvered. When halfway to their position he sustained a critical head injury, yet he continued his mission and ordered the element to withdraw. Remaining with the squad as it fought its way to the rear, he was twice seriously wounded in the arm and leg. Although his leg was badly shattered, Staff Sergeant Young refused assistance that would have slowed the retreat of his comrades, and he ordered them to continue their withdrawal while he provided protective covering fire. With indomitable courage and heroic self-sacrifice, he continued his self-assigned mission until the enemy force engulfed his position. By his gallantry at the cost of his life are in the highest traditions of the military service, Staff Sergeant Young has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 27 (April 23, 1970)

    Action Date: 21-Aug-68

    Service: Army

    Rank: Staff Sergeant

    Company: Company C

    Battalion: 1st Battalion (Mechanized)

    Regiment: 5th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 25th Infantry Division
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  • Final Mission of SSGT Marvin R. Young

    Posted on 8/1/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. SSGT Young distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a squad leader with Company C. While conducting a reconnaissance mission in the vicinity of Ben Cui, Company C was suddenly engaged by an estimated regimental-size force of the North Vietnamese Army. During the initial volley of fire the point element of the 1st Platoon was pinned down, sustaining several casualties, and the acting platoon leader was killed. SSGT Young unhesitatingly assumed command of the platoon and immediately began to organize and deploy his men into a defensive position in order to repel the attacking force. As a human wave attack advanced on SSGT Young's platoon, he moved from position to position, encouraging and directing fire on the hostile insurgents while exposing himself to the hail of enemy bullets. After receiving orders to withdraw to a better defensive position, he remained behind to provide covering fire for the withdrawal. Observing that a small element of the point squad was unable to extract itself from its position, and completely disregarding his personal safety, SSGT Young began moving toward their position, firing as he maneuvered. When halfway to their position he sustained a critical head injury, yet he continued his mission and ordered the element to withdraw. Remaining with the squad as it fought its way to the rear, he was twice seriously wounded in the arm and leg. Although his leg was badly shattered, SSGT Young refused assistance that would have slowed the retreat of his comrades, and he ordered them to continue their withdrawal while he provided protective covering fire. With indomitable courage and heroic self-sacrifice, he continued his self-assigned mission until the enemy force engulfed his position. By his gallantry at the cost of his life are in the highest traditions of the military service, SSGT Young has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army. [Taken from SSGT Young’s Medal of Honor citation narrative]
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  • Wilson Young Medal of Honor Middle School, Odessa, Texas

    Posted on 5/11/16 - by Billy M. Brown
    In August 2015, an Odessa Junior High School was renamed the Wilson Young Medal of Honor Middle School in honor of Rex and Mac Wilson, MOH recipients from Odessa.
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  • Marvin R. Young VFW Post 4395

    Posted on 3/4/16 - by Doris Odell
    Our VFW post is named after Marvin R. Young. We wanted to honor his service and sacrifice.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/8/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SSGT Marvin Rex Young, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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