Donald McArthur Young
Attack Location: Pentagon
Home: Roanoke, Va.
Chief Petty Officer Donald McArthur Young, 41, an information systems
technician, spent much of his 21-year naval career at sea. After his initial
training, he launched on the minesweeper Illusive for four years. After two
years on shore in Norfolk, he hit the seas on the frigate McCandless in May
1987 for 18 months. Shortly after returning, he was on board the aircraft carrier
USS John F. Kennedy for more than two years, ending in July 1991.
Five years later, Young was again on the open water on the Briscoe, a
destroyer, followed by a two-year tour on the Bataan, an amphibious assault
ship. Young, a Roanoke native who lived in Arlington, joined the office of the
Chief of Naval Operations in Washington in September 2000.
In high school, Donald McArthur Young was the football player who got the
scholarship to college, the “cool guy” whom all the girls liked, remembered his
football coach George Miller.
“He was a good kid, really dedicated not only to athletics but academics as well,” Miller said.
He joined the ROTC at William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Virginia, and
stayed involved, even while he played football on a scholarship at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.
After graduating, Young joined the Navy because he felt it was his duty to work for his country, Miller said. The 41-year-old Young was working as an information systems technician in the Pentagon when he was killed.
“It was important for him to do what he could for his country,” Miller said. “I think his wife (Felicia) wanted him to quit, but he didn't. He loved America that much. And he wound up dying for his country.”
U.S. Navy Biographical Information: Donald McArthur Young
Home of Record: Roanoke, Virginia
Enlisted: Richmond, Virginia, December 2, 1980
Rank: Chief Information Systems Technician
Date of Rank: August 16, 1997
Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois 12/80 – 02/81
USS Illusive (MSO 448) 04/81 – 04/85
Naval Communication Area Master Station Atlantic, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. 05/85 – 04/87
USS McCandless (FF 1084) 05/87 – 12/88
Naval Station Philadelphia, Pa. 12/88 – 02/89
USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) 03/89 – 07/91
Naval Telecommunications Center, Virginia Beach, Va. 08/91 – 07/94
Commander Amphibious Group ONE 08/94 – 02/96
USS Briscoe (DD 977) 03/96 – 02/97
USS Bataan (LHD 5) 03/97 – 07/99
Chief of Naval Operations Washington, D.C. 09/00 – 09/01
Awards and Decorations:
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal,
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3)
National Defense Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy Unit Commendation
Good Conduct Medal (2)
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Meritorious Unit Commendation
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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