YOUNG, JEFFREY JEROME
Name: Jeffrey Jerome Young
Rank/Branch: E3/US Army
Unit: Company C, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry, 5th Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 18 July 1950
Home City of Record: Indianapolis IN
Date of Loss: 04 April 1970
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 165047N 1065531E (YD051634)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S.
Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published
sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 2020.
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
SYNOPSIS: On April 3, 1970, PFC Jeffrey J. Young was killed during a hill
assault in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. His body was placed with other
dead and wounded in the vicinity. After checking the area where the dead and
wounded had been placed, an officer of the unit stated that all had been
A few days later, it was learned that PFC Young was not among those taken
out of the battle area. Other units fighting in the area looked for him, but
never found any trace of him.
Because no body was ever found for PFC Young, he is listed with honor among
the missing. For his family, there can be no doubt that he died in battle.
Unfortunately, however, there is no body to bury.
The Vietnam War touched many lives. Tens of thousands of families lost loved
ones in battle deaths. Tens of thousands saw their sons and brothers come
home maimed physically and mentally from the wounds and torments of the
savagery of war. Some received telegrams that their loved ones drowned in
recreation; a few learned their sons died from drug overdose; and some
learned their sons, for unknown reasons chose to end their lives in Vietnam.
As long as man has been, war has been. As a society, we tend to bury the
unpleasant aspects of war and concentrate on the victory. In Vietnam, we
have only a hollow "Peace with Honor" and must instead, focus on the
warriors - men who willingly served their country when called. Men whose
lives we used as the price for our freedom.
The most tragic of all the warriors are those who still wait, captive and
abandoned by their country in prisons and camps in Southeast Asia. In
abandoning them, we have made the deaths and suffering of thousands a
frivolous waste. We must never neglect the duty we have to the men who
answer their country's call.