PATRICK E. YOUNG, ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Patrick Young '75

Date of birth: April 16, 1951

Date of death: March 1, 1977

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1975 Lucky Bag:

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PATRICK E. YOUNG

Independence, Missouri

Pat came to the banks of the Severn having seen the ocean only once as a seven year old. His hometown of Independence, Missouri had little to offer in the way of water sports, but after a knee injury made it impossible to play football and run track, he took to sailing like a fish to water. The afternoons and weekends would nearly always find him racing aboard one of the yawls or Class "A" yachts, and he served as commodore of the Midshipmen Sailing Squadron.

Pat's love for the Navy is only exceeded by his determination to succeed. This is reinforced by his self-description as "an individual of mediocre ability by high motivation". We wish him the best of luck as he wings his way through the skies of Pensacola and into the Fleet.

"Don't complain about how the ball bounces, if you dropped it."


He was also a member of the 8th Company staff (3rd set).

1975 Young LB.jpg

PATRICK E. YOUNG

Independence, Missouri

Pat came to the banks of the Severn having seen the ocean only once as a seven year old. His hometown of Independence, Missouri had little to offer in the way of water sports, but after a knee injury made it impossible to play football and run track, he took to sailing like a fish to water. The afternoons and weekends would nearly always find him racing aboard one of the yawls or Class "A" yachts, and he served as commodore of the Midshipmen Sailing Squadron.

Pat's love for the Navy is only exceeded by his determination to succeed. This is reinforced by his self-description as "an individual of mediocre ability by high motivation". We wish him the best of luck as he wings his way through the skies of Pensacola and into the Fleet.

"Don't complain about how the ball bounces, if you dropped it."


He was also a member of the 8th Company staff (3rd set).

Shipmate

From the September 1977 issue of Shipmate:

Ens. Patrick Edward Young USN died in an aircraft accident on 1 March 1977. His radar intercept officer, Lt. Rex L. Page USN, was killed as well. A native of the State of Missouri, Ensign Young was graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1975 and entered flight training immediately thereafter. While at the Naval Academy he had been an accomplished sailor. He was designated naval aviator in September 1976 and was assigned to Fighter Squadron 101 at the Oceana Naval Air Station at the time of his death. The F-4 Phantom jet fighter he was piloting on a training mission crashed in a swampy area of northeastern North Carolina.

He is survived by his parents and a sister of Independence, MO 64055.

He was piloting a F-4 Phantom II.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Patrick graduated in 1969 from Van Horn High School. Voted Most Likely to Succeed. President of the National Honor Society; first semester president of the Sigma Tau literary society; Student council and all-city-congress representative; Red Cross Club and V Club. Member of the football, track and indoor track teams. Area general for United Fund campaign. Member of the Tribe of Mic-o-Say, an Eagle Scout, and vice president of Explorer Post No. 555.

Appointed by the Secretary of the Navy to the Naval Academy, he served as commander of his company, was commander of the Academy Sailing Fleet, and presided in 1972 at the foreign affairs conference.

Patrick is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.

Photographs

All photos from his high school yearbook.


Class of 1975

Patrick is one of 8 members of the Class of 1975 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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