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ROGER LEE YOUNG


is honored on Panel 23W, Line 116 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of LCPL Roger L. Young

    Posted on 9/8/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    At approximately 2:30 PM on June 8, 1969, a ¾-ton U.S. military truck carrying three Armed Forces Television Network newsman, a chaplain, and two other American servicemen hit a pressure-type mine of approximately 60-80lbs. as it followed a jeep on Route 540, fifteen miles southwest of Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN, enroute to conduct field services for Company K, 3/7 Marines. The jeep, carrying the 3/7 Marines Battalion Chaplain, left the highway and traveled about 50 meters. When the truck followed the jeep off the road, the mine detonated, fatally injuring all personnel aboard. The truck was completely destroyed. The lost Navy newsmen included writer JO1 William R. Wilson, and photographers PH2 Carl W. Hudgins Jr. and PH1 Robert G. Stricklin. The Army chaplain was MAJ Don L. Bartley, who was accompanied by two Marine assistants, PFC Gale L. Barnes, a logistics man, and LCPL Roger L. Young, the driver, both from Headquarters Company, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. LCPL Young suffered critical injuries to his head in the blast and was evacuated, after which time he expired. The Navy newsmen were filming the final episode of a six-part series on the activities of military chaplains in Vietnam. The segment, entitled “The Circuit-Rider,” was designed to show chaplains working close to soldiers in combat. Army chaplain Bartley was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, 3/7 Marines Command Chronology for June 1969, and “Mine Kills Chaplain, 3 AFVN Newsmen.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, June 14, 1969]
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  • SEMPER FI, "NEVER FORGET"

    Posted on 6/8/16 - by Robert Holmes





    Robert Holmes
    rkrta@erols.com
    Served with Roger.
    11 Cherry Circle
    Blackwood,NJ 08012 USA
    Roger was driving a 3/4 ton PC, and hit a command-detonated mine, with a force equal to 90 lbs of TNT if memory serves. The truck was also recovered and brought back to Hill 55. I know this, because I was 'dedicated driver' for this 'run'. Roger asked me if I would let him drive instead, as he hadn't been off of Hill 55 for a while. I remember he was looking forward to getting back, believe it or not, for chicken and dumplings. Said it was his favorite. Also, he went by the name of 'grandpa', as he was older than most. I am saddened now that I have gotten rid of all my pictures, as I had some good ones of 'grandpa' and would have liked to share them. Guess I didn't see an internet in the future. Roger took my place that day. I will not forget him, nor the events that took place and took his life. He was a good Marine and liked by all .......HE WAS and WILL ALWAYS BE MY FRIEND.


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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/8/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear LCPL Roger Lee 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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  • Photo

    Posted on 11/21/15
    I remember Roger as a nice guy.B I have no photo to submit.If thare s someone with a photo of Roger.I would like you to post it PLEASE.
  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 6/8/12 - by A Marine

    Semper Fi, Marine.

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