War hero honored again after medals stolen

Retired Navy PFC Richard Young re-issued stolen medals. (WDTN Photo)
Retired Navy PFC Richard Young re-issued stolen medals. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A war hero is being honored again after his medals were stolen while serving our country.

Several state dignitaries were on hand at VFW Post 9936 in Dayton Wednesday to honor Petty Officer First Class Richard Young.

Young served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, fighting in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

War medals re-issued to retired Navy PFC Richard Young.  (WDTN Photo)
War medals re-issued to retired Navy PFC Richard Young. (WDTN Photo)

PFC Young retired in 1971 and has been serving the VFW ever since.

He says his medals were stolen from his sea bag on his way back to the country, but it was important to him to get them back.

“I’m getting old. I just want something to give my grandchildren,” said Young. “I thank everybody for being so kind and thoughtful.”

Among his honors are the Navy Good Conduct Medal with three Bronze Stars, the National Defense Medal with one Bronze Star and the Armed Forces Expeditious Medal for Korea.

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