Master Sgt. Mitchell W. Young
United States Army
KIA 13 Jul 2008
39, of Jonesboro, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort
Bragg, N.C.; died on July 13 of wounds sustained when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive
device in Kajaki Sofla, Afghanistan.
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This Memorial Page Established by- Rod Brewer

Master Sgt. Mitchell W. Young, 39, was killed July 13 while conducting a
combat reconnaissance patrol in the vicinity of Kajaki Sofla, eastern
Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of combat operations while
serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2008 as a
member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force –
Afghanistan. This was his fourth deployment in support of the Global War
on Terror and third deployment to Afghanistan. He was a Special Forces
Operational DetachmentAlphateam sergeant.

Young, a native of Jonesboro, Ga., volunteered for military service and
entered the Army in January 1991 as an infantryman. After basic and
advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to Co. A, 3rd Bn., 27th
Infantry Regiment at Fort Ord, Calif. In 1993 he became a squad leader when he moved to
3rd Bn., 502nd Inf. Regiment. at Fort Campbell, Ky. In 1995 he moved to Germany and was
assigned to Co. B, Bn., 4th Inf. Regiment. Young began the Special Forces Qualification
Course and he earned the coveted “Green Beret” in 1999 and was assigned to 2nd Bn., 3rd
SFG(A) at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha Sergeant. He
left 3rd SFG(A) in 2004 to become a team sergeant at the United States Army Tactical
Review Board, Fort Bragg,. He was assigned to his current position at 1st Bn., 7th SFG(A) in
October 2007.

Young’s military education includes; the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course,
Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Jumpmaster Course, Survival, Evasion,
Resistance and Escape Course, Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Warrior
Leaders Course, and Special Forces Qualification Course.
His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medal,
Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army
Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal,
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal,
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon,
Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medial, Combat Infantryman Badge,
Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Special Forces
Tab.
Young is survived by his wife, Robyn, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and his mother, Jane Young, of
Jonesboro, Ga.

DE OPPRESSO LIBER

Feb 03, 2009
SFC Paul C. Burk

Aug 04, 2008
RE: MSG. Mitchell W. Young, 39, Fayetteville, NC, 20, 25 JUL/02 AUG 08
by Team Daddy

Part 3 Final Ride Report

02 Aug 08
Over 100 Riders and 20 cages escorted MSG Young, his family and friends from Charlie
Mike's Pub through Fayetteville to the Special Forces Association (SFA) Compound. This
was truly spectacular to see and mere words cannot possibly begin to describe MSG Mitch
Young's Final Ride. In the procession was Mitch's bike ridden by his son-in-law, and Mitch's
wife rode with one of Mitch's former teammates. The lead bike flew the US Flag that Mitch
had carried on many training and combat deployments as well as his team guidon for ODA
7126.

SFA National Headquarters and SFA Chapter 1-18 went out of their way to support this
mission, and cannot be thanked enough for their support of our Special Forces Warriors
and their families. Charlie Mike's Pub and accomplices who planned this event went over
the top and did an outstanding job.

Upon completion of the ride, the beer and food was ready and we all commenced to
Celebrating Mit ch's life. Many a toast was raised to Mitch and our fallen Special Forces
Brethren. In honor of our Special Forces Soldiers who have gone before us, two bottles of
Reutberg Beer were toasted and poured into the SFA pond so that they may share in the
festivities.

My sincere thanks to all the new members, first time mission attendees, my Special Forces
Brothers, and all the DOD Active Duty and Retirees who supported this mission.

This concludes this mission.

De Oppresso Liber !!

Sept 17, 2008

RE: MSG. Mitchell W. Young, 39, Fayetteville, NC, 20, 25 JUL/02 AUG 08
by UncleGomer
This letter was originally published by the Clayton News Daily (Jonesboro, GA) on July 4th,
2007.
To the editors:
Today is July 4th, our country's Independence Day, and 231 years ago, our forefathers won
this for all to enjoy. Today, our country has more freedoms and wealth than any other in the
world. We have all of our freedoms granted to us by the U.S. Constitution. This document
sets the standards for all Americans to be guaranteed their freedoms and rights.

Of all the freedoms and rights granted to each American, it is not the news reporter or
politician, who ensures that each American enjoys these rights, but it is the American
Service Member (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.) This is the person who
every American should be thanking every day, for what they do.

Even though less than 1 percent of the American population serves in the military, it is that
sacrifice made by an individual to help protect and guarantee these freedoms. While
enjoying the day's festivals celebrating our country's birth, take the time and effort to thank
a veteran, or a current service member for their sacrifice in helping to protect your freedom.

If you are unable to thank a vet, say thanks to either the parents or the spouse of a vet,
because they are the ones, who worry the most, while the service member is away,
protecting your freedoms.

Master Sergeant Mitch Young
B Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
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MAJ Jonathan and Lori Craig

My wife, two daughters, and I lived down the road from Mitch and Robyn on Larwood Drive
during the 4 years I was with the 82nd.  They were the among the first in the neighborhood to
welcome us and make us feel like family.  Over the years we rotated cook-outs, get-togethers,
Thanksgivings, and Chirstmas gift exchanges between our homes, along with 1SG Jeff and
Shirley Vollmer.

Mitch was, and still is, a personal hero of mine.  He loved being a Green Beret and loved the
Special Forces.  He was truely a warrior, a gentlemen, and a great friend.

We love Mitch and will always miss him.

Jonathan, Lori, Samantha, and Sidney Craig