I Salute You; Army Sergeant 1st Class Ricardo Young
Army Sergeant 1st Class Ricardo Young, 34, of Rosston, Arkansas died Aug. 28 in Ghazni Province, Aghanistan, after being hit by enemy fire.
Sergeant 1st Class Ricardo Young was assigned to 738th Engineer Support Company, 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat/Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Young’s unit was being ambushed, and as he was trying to get his soldiers to safety, a sniper shot and killed Young.
Ricardo was born November 28, 1978 in Prescott, Arkansas to Richard Young & Dexter A. Evans-Young.
Ricardo attended OakGroveHigh School and was a 1997 graduate of NevadaHigh School where he played basketball, baseball and ran track. He was a member of the OakGroveBaptistChurch in Rosston.
Family and friends say Ricardo was fun, loving and caring.
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.
General Colt said Ricardo was courageous and one of the new breed of soldiers who was a multiple volunteer as he served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He called Young a “true standard bearer and leader” saying he touched many people during his life and volunteered to serve his country. “Sgt. Young is the kind of teammate everyone wanted.”
General Colt also said “He reflected the Army values of loyalty, respect, honor and dedication to service. He was brave and led by example. Sgt. Young left a timeless legacy anyone would be proud to have. He made the ultimate sacrifice and he made it for us. We must preserve his memory.”
Trevor McClarty said on a posting “You were a good teacher to me when I first got in. I appreciate everything you did to help me through my military enlistment.
Survivors include: his wife: April Young(Fayetteville, NC); son: Markell Artist; daughter: Make’La Young both of Fayetteville, NC; his parents: Richard & Dexter Young of Rosston, AR; (1)sister: Sharona Young(Rosston, AR); grandmother: Joy C. Heard; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives & friends.
Sergeant 1st Class Ricardo Young, I Salute You.