John Young
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John Young

NAME

John Percy Young

HOME OF RECORD

Glen Ellyn

DATE OF BIRTH

03/07/1946

STATE

IL

DATE OF DEATH

February 6, 2020

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Marine Corps

INDUCTION YEAR

2021

Biography

John Percy Young was born March 7, 1946, in Elmhurst, Illinois, to Earl and Virginia Young. He grew up in Elmhurst and nearby Glen Ellyn, both suburbs of Chicago, and enlisted in the Marine Corps when he was 21 years old. John's platoon in Vietnam began with 48 men. Before their combat engagement was over, 24 were KIA and 16 wounded badly enough to be sent home. John was one of the eight who walked out in one piece. His Marine unit was highly decorated, and he personally received 14 decorations, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. After his service, John married Karen Simpson, also from Glen Ellyn, and enrolled in California State University, Fullerton, where he earned a degree in accounting. John worked for Xerox Corporation for nearly 20 years, starting in the corporate internal audit group before moving into positions of greater and greater responsibility. He closed out his career as a management consultant. John and Karen had three sons, Adam, Jacob, and Jason. A natural-born gardener, John loved to be "outside with his plants" and to walk the family's Old English Sheepdog, Maggie, in the woods around their treasured home in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Karen Young died from multiple myeloma in 2003. John went on to marry Jill Rogers of West Sussex, England, in 2014. The couple resided in Oldsmar, Florida, where Jill cared for John through his final illness. He died on February 6, 2020, from lung cancer linked to Agent Orange and complications of COPD. When John returned in 1968 from a conflict that had divided the nation, his father said he was "a war hero in a war without heroes." History will judge, as will those who knew John, served with him, and loved him.

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR John Young
POSTED ON 3.3.2021
POSTED BY: Jill Young

To my dear husband John

You will be for ever honored and remembered by your family and friends. You truly were a hero, my hero. It was an honor for me to have been your wife, even for such a short time. We will all miss you so very much. I will always love you. Jill
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