Squad Leader, Second Platoon, Kilo Company (2005-2008)
Heroic achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as Squad Leader, 2d Squad, 2d Platoon, Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Regimental Combat Team-7, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, From March To September 2006, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Sergeant Young led his Marines in over 100 dismounted and mounted security patrols, four company operations and four detention operations. Because of his leadership and attention to detail, his squad found two enemy caches and one improvised explosive device prior to detonation. During sustained combat operations, Sergeant Young directed his squad’s actions during an Anti-Iraqi Force attack and during a sustained small arms fire engagement with Anti-Iraqi Forces through dense urban terrain. During both engagements, Sergeant Young courageously directed the actions of his Marines and exposed himself to enemy fire to effectively lead his Marines, coordinate with adjacent units and provide timely and accurate reporting to higher headquarters. Sergeant Young’s initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.