STEPHEN A YOUNG
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HONORED ON PANEL 20W, LINE 120 OF THE WALL

STEPHEN ANDREW YOUNG

WALL NAME

STEPHEN A YOUNG

PANEL / LINE

20W/120

DATE OF BIRTH

04/13/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/09/1969

HOME OF RECORD

LAS CRUCES

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dona Ana County

STATE

NM

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

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LEFT FOR STEPHEN ANDREW YOUNG
POSTED ON 3.22.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you.....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your friend Gary Lamb is touching and reflects his admiration and respect for you. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever.
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POSTED ON 4.13.2023
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm Proud of Our Vietnam Veterans

Warrant Officer Stephen Andrew Young, Served with A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 3.14.2023
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Stephen Young, Thank you for your service as an Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot with the 1st Cavalry. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Lent has begun. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance, and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 12.8.2021
POSTED BY: Jim Bankston

Army FLIGHT School Friend

Steve and I were Army flight school friends, WORWAC CLASS 68-23. The posted picture of Steve is a great example of his smiling personality. We both had motor cycles at flight school and spent weekends riding through the countryside of Texas.
Thank you Steve for your friendship and conversations through the trying days of WOC flight school.
Keep flying above the best my friend.
Jim Bankston, CW5, USA Ret.
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POSTED ON 10.31.2020

Final Mission of WO Stephen A. Young

On August 9, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A (tail number 67-16269), call sign Apache 12, from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, was conducting an armed visual reconnaissance and air strike bomb damage assessment mission in Tay Ninh Province between LZ Beverly and the Cambodian border. Accompanying Apache 12 was an AH-1G Cobra gunship (call sign Apache 27). During the mission, Apache 12 radioed Apache 27 that he wanted to head back to the west for a few minutes to an area they had just overflown because they observed something "not quite right.” Apache 12 was flying 50-90 feet above tall trees and underbrush partially denuded by the defoliant Agent Orange when the entire tree line exploded in a massive enfilade of enemy automatic weapons fire. An estimated two hundred North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers fired on command as muzzle flashes were strung out along approximately 400-500 yards of tree line. Apache 12 was heard to transmit they were taking fire before exploding and crashing into the trees among the westernmost elements of the enemy unit. Apache 27 immediately dove and engaged the NVA with the gunship’s 2.75-inch flechette and white phosphorous rockets and turreted 7.62mm minigun. The Cobra decelerated as it overflew the crash site, observing the OH-6A on fire with no survivors visible. The lost crew included pilot WO Stephen A. Young, observer SP5 James C. Dine, and gunner SP4 Michael R. Seibert. A twenty-man Blues aero-rifle rapid reaction team on alert at Tay Ninh Base Camp was carried in five ships and put down within a mile of the crash site. About halfway to the downed OH-6A, they were ambushed by the NVA. Blues team member PFC Virgil L. Castle went down with a gunshot wound to the center of his chest; he died within a minute. With his last breathes, Castle called for help, and another Blues team member made it to him but was shot twice in the stomach and once in the leg. The reaction force withdrew with their casualties and was replaced by a battalion-sized force which secured the crash site and recovered the lost flight crew. Castle was posthumously promoted to Corporal. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org, bullwhipsquadron.us, and information provided by Karl Wright (October 2020)]
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