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Clarence Young was born on April 22, 1935 in Tampa, Florida. On June 21, 1953, he joined the US Army to become a medic. He was sent to Camp Pickett, VA to complete Basic Training and Medical School, and then, he was assigned to the 307 Airborne Medical Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division.

On June 21, 1956, Clarence decided to join the United States Air Force, and was assigned to the Tactical Air Command at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida to perform duties as a medic. A year later, he was sent to Fort Sam Houston, TX for Surgical Technical School. After he completed Surgical Technical School, Clarence was sent to Parks Air Force Base in California until the base was closed in 1958. The same year, he was sent to South Ruslip Air Base in England.

Clarence Young returned to the United States in 1960 after he was assigned to perform duties as a SAC in Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. A year later in 1961, he met his “sweet heart” Barbara, and they got married in 1962. The same year on December, his daughter Lisa was born.

In 1966, Clarence was sent to Terragon Air Force Base in Spain as a Surgical Technician until January 1969. Then, he went to Edwards Air Force Base in California to complete a pararescue course. After he completed the course, Young was assigned to the Air Combat Team during the Vietnam conflict while stationed in Taiwan, South East Asia . He was the NCOIC of the Flight Surgeon Office until 1972 when he was assigned to Homestead Air Force Base back in the United States.

On December 28, 1972, an Eastern Airline plane crashed into the Everglades, and Clarence was the first Air Force medic to put feet on the crash sitet. This mission was one of the many remarkable contributions of Young during his military career in the US Army as a paratrooper and the US Air Force as a pararescue medic. He retired from the Air Force in August 1, 1975.

After retirement, Clarence worked as a paramedic for the city of Fort Lauderdale from 1975 to 1979. Then, in January 1980, he joined the marine unit of the police department. He spent 17 years working as a marine police officer in Fort Lauderdale until he retired and moved to Melbourne, Florida with his wife Barbara.

In Melbourne, Clarence Young and his wife have joined many veteran organizations including the Space Coast Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, the Air Force Sergeant Association, and the Fraternal Order Police among others. They like to go fishing and enjoy their beautiful granddaughter, Madison.


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