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DONALD LEE VOORHEES

  • Wall Name:DONALD L VOORHEES
  • Date of Birth:5/12/1933
  • Date of Casualty:5/2/1970
  • Home of Record:RALEIGH
  • County of Record:WAKE COUNTY
  • State:NC
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SFC
  • Panel/Line:11W, 89
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN

WILLIE BEDFORD

  • Wall Name:WILLIE BEDFORD
  • Date of Birth:4/18/1951
  • Date of Casualty:5/3/1970
  • Home of Record:MILWAUKEE
  • County of Record:MILWAUKEE COUNTY
  • State:WI
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PVT
  • Panel/Line:11W, 89
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

ROBERT MILTON YOUNG


is honored on Panel 11W, Line 89 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • 1970's War Bracelet

    Posted on 6/24/17 - by Annette Stone
    During the Vietnam War I had two brothers who served in the war, every night my family would sit by the tv to hear of news from the war. A dear friend of mine purchased a id bracelet for several of us to remind of us service men and women who were missing in action. I had (and still have) Capt. Robert Young 5-2-70. In honor of Captain Young's memory I would like to send this bracelet to his family. God Bless your family Captain Young for there is no pain greater then losing a son(I know first hand). Sincerely, Annette G. Stone
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  • Final Mission of CAPT Robert M. Young

    Posted on 6/29/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    There are two accounts for this incident: First Account - On May 2, 1970 a UH-1H helicopter from Company B, 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division flown by WO1 Michael B. Varnado was hit by ground fire and forced to land just over the border of South Vietnam near the city of Memot, Cambodia. The aircraft was transporting members of HHC, 34th Armor, 25th Infantry Division, including SP4 Rodney L. Griffin, SP4 Bunyan D. Price Jr., CAPT Dale W. Richardson and CAPT Robert M. Young. Also aboard were Tommy Karreci, SP4 Frederick H. Crowson, and CW2 Daniel F. Maslowski, crew members of the aircraft. The men were part of an attempt to stop North Vietnamese forces from gaining strongholds in Cambodia. President Nixon announced the request by Cambodia for American assistance on April 30. Had we not assisted, the North Vietnamese, in addition to having an effective sanctuary to which they could retreat without retaliation, would also have South Vietnam completely outflanked. The crew all survived the crash, and had only 30-40 seconds on the ground to decide what to do. They all attempted to evade, each in different directions. Only 18 year-old Karreci managed to make it back to U.S. lines in 2 or 3 days. Crowson, Maslowski, Varnado and Young went in one direction and were all captured by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces. Price, according to Defense Department records, was also captured. Griffin and Richardson took off in another direction and were never seen again. Crowson and Maslowski were released in 1973 and in their debriefings stated that WO1 Varnado and CAPT Young had died in captivity, while detained in Cambodia. The Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam (PRG) officially acknowledged their deaths, listing Varnado's death as September 21, 1970, and Young's death as November 17, 1972. According to Dan Maslowski, Bob Young died of illness in Dan's arms in the fall of 1972. Maslowski saw Varnado about two months after capture. "Vito" had been shot in the leg and in the side when he was captured, and according to Dan, "looked like hell". His side wound had healed, but the wound in his leg, in the kneecap, was badly infected. He could not walk, and told Maslowski that the Viet Cong had been transporting him in a hammock. The Viet Cong had told Varnado that he was to be taken to a hospital to have his leg taken care of. The Vietnamese state that he died two months after Dan saw him in camp (about 4 months after capture). On August 1, 1989, it was announced that the Vietnamese had "discovered" the remains of Michael Varnado, returned them to the U.S. His remains were positively identified, much to the relief of family and surviving comrades, and Michael Varnado could finally be buried with the honor he deserved. The remains identification did not contradict that Vietnamese' statement that Varnado died four months after capture. The fate of Price is uncertain. Maslowski always believed Price had been captured, but never saw him in camps he was held in. One report from escaped ARVN POWs stated that he was captured by the Khmer and because the ethnic groups normally did not cooperate, the Khmer would not likely have given Price over to the Vietnamese, who had captured the other four. Second Account - On May 2, 1970, eight U.S. Army personnel were flying in a UH-1H in northern Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam. They crossed into Cambodia and were shot down by hostile ground fire, crashing southwest of Memot City. One Army Private (Tommy Karreci) evaded capture and was rescued. Four were captured. Two of those captured, Warrant Officer Maslowski and Specialist Crowson, were released in February 1973 during Operation Homecoming. Warrant Officer Varnado was wounded in the right side and left leg. He was taken to a hospital after captured and was never seen by U.S. POWs as alive after that time. A wartime report was received describing an American POW who died at Hospital K-21 on 26 August 1970, wounded in the left thigh during a helicopter crash in June 1970. The unit which shot down the helicopter was Z26 Company, 75th Artillery Group. In January 1973, the Provisional Revolutionary Government acknowledged the death in captivity of Captain Young and Warrant Officer Michael B. Varnado. Varnado's returns were repatriated on April 27, 1989. The death of Captain Young was witnessed by nine U.S. POWs who were repatriated during Operation Homecoming. In February 1975, a Viet Cong defector who had served as a guard at prison camp TB.22 described Captain Young's death and located his burial site. In April 1970, a Viet Cong defector reported having seen an American in Kampong Cham Province in April 1970. This report was believed associated with Specialist Price. In 1981 three South Vietnamese Army escapees from prison B-7 in Kratie Province reported an American POW there in 1971 who had reportedly been there for one year. During their only one hour interview they identified one of two photographs of Price as similar to the individual imprisoned at their camp. This identification led to a reclassification of Price from missing in action to POW. Specialist Griffin and Captain Richardson were last seen alive after their crash and prior to the capture of Captain Young and the three others. Although those surviving into captivity were kept together and joined other U.S. POWs then in custody inside Cambodia, returning U.S. POWs never saw Richardson, Price or Griffin alive in captivity. A classified document last believed in the possession of Captain Richardson was shown to Captain Young. Captain Richardson was last seen alive and firing his pistol at enemy forces and was then hit by hostile fire while running. After the end of hostilities, all unaccounted for crewmen were eventually declared dead/body not recovered. [Taken from pownetwork.org and vhpa.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/12/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Captain Robert Milton 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • I wore your POW/MIA bracelet

    Posted on 10/12/13 - by Pam Longfellow
    I wore your POW/MIA bracelet for so many years and although I never knew you, you were in my thoughts and prayers every day.
  • If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Robert Milton YOUNG, USA...who made the ultimate sacrifice!

    Posted on 2/26/12 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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The Wall of Faces

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