A memorial service was held April 17 to remember Sgt. Shaun Morgan Young, 23, a M1 armor crewman and, most recently, driver for National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Maj. Gen. Ted Martin.
Young died after a motorcycle accident in Victorville, Calif., April 5.
Family, friends and leadership were situated at the front of the Fort Irwin chapel, with the remainder of the facility filled – to standing-room capacity – with Soldiers and civilians of this High Desert military installation. An honor guard that stood outside, in due course, fired off a volley for the fallen Soldier.
“Sergeant Young was a fine Soldier, a loyal friend and a member of my crew,” Martin said in his eulogy to Young.
Martin explained that Young had been a gunner with a personnel security detachment unit from III Corps, Fort Hood during a deployment to Iraq (February – December 2010). Young’s position as part of that detachment was a big deal, Martin expressed.
“It speaks volumes of the professionalism of this young man, something that we here at Fort Irwin know all too well,” Martin said. “Early on, Shaun stood out from the crowd, not just for his Soldierly qualities, but because of his positive, can-do attitude, his infectious smile, and his great sense of humor. It isn’t man who can make you look forward to another day in the desert, but Shaun never disappointed.”
When Young first arrived to the NTC in January 2012, as a specialist, he served with D Company, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment under the mentorship of Sgt. Robert Lange. During Lange’s tribute to Young, he explained that Young came to the unit very enthused about progressing as a tanker; he eventually was promoted to sergeant. Young and Lange became good friends over time, Lange said.
“I counted Sgt. Shaun Morgan Young as one of the greatest blessings of my military career,” Lange said. “I loved and respected him and I have no doubt in my mind that he loved and respected my wife, Suzy, and I. Shaun was so much more than a good friend and an excellent Soldier.”
In honor of Young’s duty as a driver, Martin had his military vehicle cranked on just outside the chapel for all to hear.
“We’re going to miss you Shaun, but we’ll never forget you,” Martin concluded. “May God bless you and watch over you. I’ll see you on the high ground.”
Young was born in Columbus, Ga., on Aug. 30, 1990 and primarily grew up in North Carolina and Florida. He is survived by his wife, Spc. Sarah Katherine Hunt of Killeen, Texas, his parents, Linda and Terry Young, and brothers, Jason and Zachary Young of Rancho Cordova, Calif.and his service.