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Recognizing the Service of Lloyd Young

Floor Speech

Date: Oct. 9, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. KELLY of Mississippi. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the United States Military service of Lloyd Young, a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. Lloyd Young, a native of the Waterford Community, graduated from college in 1967. Prior to entering the Vietnam War, Mr. Young attended flight school where he learned to fly an Army helicopter. He later became a member of the United States Army 237th Medical Detachment DMZ DUSTOFF Unit.

On Thanksgiving Day in 1968, Mr. Young and a crew chief had just picked up an Army of the Republic of Vietnam Soldier who was injured. When they attempted to take off, the helicopter came under fire. Mr. Young was struck by shrapnel in his shoulder and leg. He was able to fly the helicopter to a more secure spot to make an emergency landing. Mr. Young recovered from his injuries in hospitals located in Japan and at Fort Benning, Georgia.

On July 4, 1969, Mr. Young was able to go home to Eupora and to his wife, Ann. They would raise two children, Catie and Clint. The couple have been married 52 years. When asked about his military service, Mr. Young said it was frustrating to see Vietnam Veterans mistreated when they returned to the United States. ``I was thankful for the opportunity to serve,'' Mr. Young said. ``I am glad to see that Vietnam Vets are getting a little bit of thanks now.''

Mr. Young's service and sacrifices to defend our great nation will always be remembered. He has led an exemplary life and continues to be a well-respected member of the community. It is an honor to recognize Mr. Young for his outstanding dedication to God, country, and family.

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