Walter X. Young

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Walter Xavier Young
Born (1918-10-22)October 22, 1918
Chicago, Illinois
Died August 7, 1942(1942-08-07) (aged 23)
Gavutu, in the Solomon Islands
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps Reserve
Years of service 1941-1942
Rank First Lieutenant
Unit 1st Marine Parachute Battalion
Battles/wars World War II
*Guadalcanal Campaign
**Battle of Gavutu-Tanambogo
Awards Navy Cross
Purple Heart

Walter X. Young (1918–1942) was an officer of the United States Marine Corps during World War II who received the Navy Cross posthumously for his actions.


Walter Xavier Young was born in Chicago, Illinois, on 22 October 1918. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on 6 January 1941, and following training at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 29 May 1941. After commissioning, Second Lieutenant Young received training at the U.S. Army Signal Corps School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and was then assigned to the Marine Barracks New River, North Carolina, into 1942.

Promoted to First Lieutenant on 6 June 1942 Young was communications officer of the 1st Marine Parachute Battalion, which took part in the initial landings of the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Solomon Islands. During the extremely dangerous initial landings on Gavutu, First Lieutenant Young singlehandedly assaulted a Japanese-held dugout commanding a portion of the dock on the island, which was a key objective. While successfully penetrating and neutralizing the dugout, Young was wounded by rifle fire, and died later that day.


For his heroic action in the Battle of Gavutu-Tanambogo, First Lieutenant Young was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.


In February 1944, the United States Navy destroyer escort USS Walter X. Young (DE-723) was named for First Lieutenant Young. Her construction was cancelled in March 1944.

The destroyer escort USS Walter X. Young (DE-715) was then named in his honor. During construction, she was converted into the fast transport USS Walter X. Young (APD-131), and was in commission as such from 1945 to 1946.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.