Douglas R. Young



Preferred Name: 
Doug

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Date of Birth: January 29, 1938 (May 21, 2019)

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel

Hometown: Rathdrum, ID

Biography

Doug was born on January 29, 1938, to Burton H and Marjorie D (Reiniger) Young of Rathdrum, Idaho.  He graduated from Washington State University in 1960 and joined the Air Force immediately thereafter.

Colonel Young served three tours of duty in Vietnam, flying the O-1 as a Forward Air Controller, then the F-100, and finally the F-105 as a “Wild Weasel.”  He was selected as a Fighter Weapons School Instructor Pilot in the F-105; served as a Group Commander; and was later assigned to Headquarters staffs in Europe and at Tactical Air Command.  His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart.

To honor Doug, the family requests donations to either The Fisher House Foundation, Rockville, Maryland or the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Source: http://www.affordablecremationlv.com/obituary/douglas-young)

Units Assigned

  • 1960 Joined USAF
  • 1961-1962 Pilot Training, Luke AFB, AZ/Nellis AFB/NV (F-100)
  • 1962-1963 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM (F-100)
  • 1965 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Saigon AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1966 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Cannon AFB, NM
  • 1966-1968 Cannon AFB, NM

 

Awards & Decorations

Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart

Flight Info

O-1A
F-100
F-105

Military Education

1966 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Cannon AFB, NM

Civilian Education

1960 Washington State University

Colonel Douglas R. Young, (USAF, Ret.) – Headed West, May 21, 2019

Douglas R Young
Douglas R Young of Henderson, Colonel (retired), U.S. Air Force, passed away May 21, 2019.
Doug was born on January 29, 1938, to Burton H and Marjorie D (Reiniger) Young of Rathdrum, Idaho.  He graduated from Washington State University in 1960 and joined the Air Force immediately thereafter.
Colonel Young served three tours of duty in Vietnam, flying the O-1 as a Forward Air Controller, then the F-100, and finally the F-105 as a “Wild Weasel.”  He was selected as a Fighter Weapons School Instructor Pilot in the F-105; served as a Group Commander; and was later assigned to Headquarters staffs in Europe and at Tactical Air Command.  His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart.
Doug is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jeanne; daughter Michelle (Tripp) Adams of St Petersburg, Florida; sister Pauline Betz of Fircrest, Washington; nephews Mike, Paul, and Chris Betz and Justin Lee; and nieces Laura Mello and Erica Lee.
Services and Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either The Fisher House Foundation, Rockville, Maryland or the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Biography

Biography

Doug was born on January 29, 1938, to Burton H and Marjorie D (Reiniger) Young of Rathdrum, Idaho.  He graduated from Washington State University in 1960 and joined the Air Force immediately thereafter.

Colonel Young served three tours of duty in Vietnam, flying the O-1 as a Forward Air Controller, then the F-100, and finally the F-105 as a “Wild Weasel.”  He was selected as a Fighter Weapons School Instructor Pilot in the F-105; served as a Group Commander; and was later assigned to Headquarters staffs in Europe and at Tactical Air Command.  His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart.

To honor Doug, the family requests donations to either The Fisher House Foundation, Rockville, Maryland or the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Source: http://www.affordablecremationlv.com/obituary/douglas-young)

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1960 Joined USAF
  • 1961-1962 Pilot Training, Luke AFB, AZ/Nellis AFB/NV (F-100)
  • 1962-1963 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM (F-100)
  • 1965 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Saigon AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1966 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Cannon AFB, NM
  • 1966-1968 Cannon AFB, NM

 

Awards & Decorations

Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart

Flight Info

O-1A
F-100
F-105

Military Education

1966 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Cannon AFB, NM

Civilian Education

1960 Washington State University

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Headed West

Colonel Douglas R. Young, (USAF, Ret.) – Headed West, May 21, 2019

Douglas R Young
Douglas R Young of Henderson, Colonel (retired), U.S. Air Force, passed away May 21, 2019.
Doug was born on January 29, 1938, to Burton H and Marjorie D (Reiniger) Young of Rathdrum, Idaho.  He graduated from Washington State University in 1960 and joined the Air Force immediately thereafter.
Colonel Young served three tours of duty in Vietnam, flying the O-1 as a Forward Air Controller, then the F-100, and finally the F-105 as a “Wild Weasel.”  He was selected as a Fighter Weapons School Instructor Pilot in the F-105; served as a Group Commander; and was later assigned to Headquarters staffs in Europe and at Tactical Air Command.  His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart.
Doug is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jeanne; daughter Michelle (Tripp) Adams of St Petersburg, Florida; sister Pauline Betz of Fircrest, Washington; nephews Mike, Paul, and Chris Betz and Justin Lee; and nieces Laura Mello and Erica Lee.
Services and Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either The Fisher House Foundation, Rockville, Maryland or the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada.