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 Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1582 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 1998. Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) REMARKS: 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 evacuated. 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 savagry 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.