A Rosston soldier serving in the 20th Engineer Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps on combat assignment in Afghanistan was killed in an engagement with insurgents in Ghazni Province on Aug. 28.
The U. S. Army announced today that Sergeant 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston, was killed when his unit was attacked by insurgents.
“Sgt. Young died Aug. 28 of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire,” the 18th Airborne Corps Public Affairs office at Fort Bragg, N.C., said in an initial statement.
Sgt. 1st Class Vin Stevens said repatriation of Sgt. Young's body remains in arrangements, and those arrangements will be announced later by the Army.
“We do not have any further details about the incident as it is under further investigation,” Sgt. Stevens said today.
Sgt. Young, 34, was assigned to 738th Engineer Support Company, 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat/Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C., according to an Army announcement.
Young joined the Army on September 17, 1997, as an Infantryman, attending One Station Unit Training at Ft. Benning, Ga., before reporting to Fort Campbell, Ky. for his first assignment, according to his military resume. Young served in various assignments, including three combat tours, before being assigned to the 738th ESC as a Horizontal Construction Engineer, according to the Army.
“Sergeant First Class Ricardo Young leaves behind a legacy of intense camaraderie with his fellow Soldiers. He had a special sense of humor that endeared him to his fellow man,” Col. James H. Raymer, 20th Engineer Brigade commander said.
“Whether you were taking classes with him, or serving alongside him on a deployed mission, you could not help but think how worthy he was of professional emulation. Sergeant Young loved family, football, and the Army - a career he cultivated for 15 years with 2 tours to Iraq and 1 to Afghanistan, as well as several other overseas assignments.
“He will be missed,” Raymer said.
Young attended Air Assault School, Airborne School, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course and the Senior Leaders Course.
His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
Fourth Congressional District U. S. Representative Tom Cotton, R-Ar., said Friday that Young represented the high ideals of one who lays down his life for others.
“Sergeant First Class Young courageously fought for our country and laid down his life for us, his fellow countrymen, so that we might live in freedom,” Cong. Cotton said. “We grieve his loss, yet we will always cherish and celebrate his bravery and patriotism.”
Page 2 of 2 - Cotton expressed his condolences to Young's family and thanked them for Young's service.
“Our gratitude to them and SFC Young will always endure,” he said.