battleship Connecticut through World War I, and then in submarines.
He was Communications Officer aboard battleship New York, commanded
destroyer Evans and later was the Commanding Officer of auxiliary
Vestal moored outboard of Arizona at Pearl Harbor. During the
attack, he took personal charge of an anti-aircraft gun until the
Arizona blast blew him overboard. Swimming back to his ship, and
although wounded, he maneuvered his ship clear of Arizona, saving it
and earning the Medal of Honor. He was subsequently the Commanding Officer
of the cruiser San Francisco and was killed in action off Savo
Island on November 13,
1942. During the latter battle, he guided his ship in action with a
superior Japanese force and was killed by enemy shells while closely
engaging the battleship Hiei. Captain Young was posthumously awarded
the Navy Cross for his actions during the campaign and San Francisco
received the Presidential Unit Citation.