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Roger Young

allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 35,149 ✭✭✭✭
edited December 2023 in General Discussion

Rodger Wilton Young (April 28, 1918 – July 31, 1943) was a United States Army infantryman from Ohio during World War II. Born in the small town of Tiffin, Ohio, in 1932, Young suffered a sports injury in high school that led to his becoming nearly deaf and blind. Despite this, he was able to pass the exams necessary to enter the Ohio National Guard. Soon after the United States entered World War II, Young's company was activated as part of the U.S. Army. Soon after his activation, in 1943, Young was killed on the island of New Georgia while helping his platoon withdraw from a Japanese ambush. For his actions, he was posthumously awarded the United States' highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.


  • KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 12,055 ✭✭✭✭

    Any MOH winner is due Mad RESPECT. (Courage [above and beyond] under Fire.)

    My Dad (26 yr. ABN CSM, WWII, Korea, Vietnam Vet) - is buried a few spots down from a MOH recipient. I like that, very much.

    *And now my Mom, beside Dad.

  • forgemonkeyforgemonkey Member Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭✭

    I had the privilege to live in the town known as, ‘The Home of Heroes’, Pueblo, Colorado. Four recipients honored,,,,,,

  • TfloggerTflogger Member Posts: 3,257 ✭✭✭

    He is also remembered in Heinlein's book starship troopers. One of ships was called the Roger Young.

  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 35,149 ✭✭✭✭

    The Ballad of Rodger Young

    Oh, they've got no time for glory in the Infantry.

    Oh, they've got no use for praises loudly sung,

    But in every soldier's heart in all the Infantry

    Shines the name, shines the name of Rodger Young.

    Shines the name — Rodger Young,

    Fought and died for the men he marched among.

    To the everlasting glory of the Infantry

    Lives the story of Private Rodger Young.

    Caught in ambush lay a company of riflemen —

    Just grenades against machine guns in the gloom —

    Caught in ambush till this one of twenty riflemen

    Volunteered, volunteered to meet his doom.

    Volunteered — Rodger Young,

    Fought and died for the men he marched among.

    In the everlasting annals of the Infantry

    Glows the last deed of Private Rodger Young.

    It was he who drew the fire of the enemy

    That a company of men might live to fight;

    And before the deadly fire of the enemy

    Stood the man, stood the man we hail tonight.

  • yoshmysteryoshmyster Member Posts: 20,833 ✭✭✭✭

    Here I thought Rodger Young was just a name on a carrier on "Starship Trooper".

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