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First Name: Robert

Last Name: Young

Birthplace: Washington, DC, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Nicholas

Date of Birth: 14 January 1900

Date of Death: 19 October 1964

Rank: Lieutenant General

Years Served: 1923 - 1957
Robert Nicholas Young

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Robert Nicholas Young
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army

Robert Nicholas Young was born on 14 January 1900 in Washington, DC.

Young graduated from the University of Maryland in 1922 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. After receiving his commission, Young served in positions of increasing rank and responsibility throughout the U.S. including Fort Eustis, VA; Camp Meade, MD; and San Juan, PR.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, he served as Assistant Professor of Military Science in the R.O.T.C. program at the University of Maryland.

In 1933, Young graduated from the Infantry School Officer Course, and he completed the Signal School Commanding Officer Course in 1934. In the mid-1930s, Young served as an instructor at the Fort Benning, GA, Infantry School. Young was a 1938 graduate of the Command and General Staff College.

From 1941 to 1942, Young served as Assistant Secretary to the General Staff at the War Department, afterwards advancing to become Secretary to the General Staff, where he served until 1943.

Young was assigned as Assistant Division Commander of the 70th Infantry Division from 1943 to 1944 during its combat in Europe. From 1944-45, he continued to serve in Europe as Assistant Division Commander and Acting Division Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division.

General Young's service continued after World War II. From 1945-46, he served as commander of the Military District of Washington. Young commanded the Army's Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, KS, from 1946-48. From 1948-50, Young served in Hawaii as Chief of Staff for U.S. Army, Pacific. From 1950-51, Young was Assistant Division Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.

From 1951-52, Young served as Commanding General of the 2nd Infantry Division. He was Commander of the Division during the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge.

Young was Commander of the U.S. Army Infantry School from 1952-53 and was then named the Army's Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G-1, where he served until 1955.

Young was appointed Commander of the Sixth U.S. Army in 1955, and served in this post until his 1957 retirement.

Medals and Awards

Army Distinguished Service Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Silver Star Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Purple Heart
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Combat Infantryman Badge
Parachutist Badge

Death and Burial

Lieutenant General Robert Nicholas Young died on 19 October 1964 in Asheville, NC. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 3254   Created by: MHOH




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