The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Glen Harry Young, who died in the service of his country on October 28th, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Enemy Grenade. At the time of his death Glen was 20 years of age. He was from Brodhead, Wisconsin. Glen is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 11E, Line 125.
The decorations earned by PFC Glen Harry Young include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Glen is buried at Avon Cemetery in Avon, WI
POSTED BY: John Luers
A dear friend.
Every summer I return to Avon Cemetery to visit Glen's grave. He's been gone for over 50 years and I still miss him. I wonder what his life would have been like had he survived Vietnam. Let me share this memory of him with you.
When we were 17, we put a clutch in his 55 Ford and since he had no indoor plumbing at his house, we used gasoline to clean up. Then we went on a double date in his car. The girls were not impressed with our after shave lotion. It was a hoot. I was privileged to have him as a friend.
Glen was a childhood friend of mine. We attended Howard School together.
We would hang around Wolfs store after picking sweet corn for Leon Bramble early in the morning. RC Cola and Hostess cup cakes were our favorites.
Glen and his brother David and I and my brother Bruce paled around during the summers. Those were and still are the fondest memories of my life.
God bless and keep you my dear friend until we meet again.
(His BSV Citation)
General Orders 551, Award of The Bronze Star for Heroism, I Field Force Vietnam, 12 December 1966
Private First Class Young distinguished himself by heroic actions on 28 October 1966, while on a search and destroy operation organized to establish contact and destroy a NVA unit suspected to be in the area. As C,2/35th Infantry was preparing a defensive position for the night, it was attacked by an estimated two companies of enemy soldiers. Private First Class Young immediately moved to his hastily prepared position and returned an accurate, intense rate of fire on an enemy automatic weapon to his front. This action of Private First Class Young was instrumental in breaking up the initial wave of attackers. During the ensuing battle, Private First Class Young received a small arms wound in his left arm. He refused medical aid until the attack was repelled. After medical treatment was administered at the platoon command post, Private First Class Young worked his way back to his machine gun position while under intense enemy small arms fire, carrying with him extra magazines for his team's M-16 rifles. Once in position, Private First Class Young again placed a heavy volume of fire on the enemy's position. During the night, he was fatally wounded by an enemy hand grenade that fell into his position. Private First Class Young's outstanding display of courage and devotion to duty, together with his utter disregard for his own personal safety, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.