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,
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 -
Naval Communication Area Master Station Atlantic,
Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. 05/85 - 04/87
USS McCandless (FF 1084) 05/87
Naval Station Philadelphia, Pa.
12/88 - 02/89
USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) 03/89
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
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Photo By M. R. Patterson, July
11 July 2002 Updated: 6 July 2003 Updated: 29 May 2006