Ark-La-Tex soldier dies in Afghanistan

US Army
Friday, August 30, 2013 - 3:19pm

A member of the Army since 1997, Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo Young, 34, or Rosston, Arkansas was killed Wednesday while deployed to the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan.

Assigned to the 738th Engineer Support Company, 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat/Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps our of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Young's unit was attacked by insurgents, killing Young.

Young joined the army as an Infantryman, before serving on various assignments, including 3 compath tours before he joined the 738th Engineer Support Company as a Horizontal Construction Engineer.
His Brigade commander, Col. James H. Raymer, said that Young was special, saying “Sergeant First Class Ricardo Young leaves behind a legacy of intense camaraderie with his fellow Soldiers. He had a special sense of humor that endeared him to his fellow man."

“Whether you were taking classes with him, or serving alongside him on a deployed mission, you could not help but think how worthy he was of professional emulation. Sergeant Young loved family, football, and the Army - a career he cultivated for 15 years with 2 tours to Iraq and 1 to Afghanistan, as well as several other overseas assignments. He will be missed,” Raymer said.

Young’s attended Air Assault School, Airborne School, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course and the Senior Leaders Course.

His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.


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