Young Johnston – A Proud Marine
In February of 1942, Young joined the Marine Corp’s V-12 program at Auburn University. The V-12 program is a potential officer training program. Young stayed at Auburn inactively until June 1943. The Marine Corp sent Young to Duke University in the active V-12 program in January 1944. Young graduated from Duke University and went to Paris Island Boot Camp. After boot camp, Young was transferred to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for pre OCS training. From there, Young was transferred to Quantico, Va. to Officer Candidate School. Here he received the commission to 2nd Lieutenant.
Following, Young was transferred to Camp Lejeune Officer Training School. Young was sent overseas to Guam to the 3rd Marine Division Pioneer Battalion after they returned to Guam from Iwo Jima.
From there Young was transferred to the 6th Marine Division in Tsingtao China to division headquarters. The mission of the 6th Marine Division was repatriation of the Japanese and support of the Chinese Nationalist against the Communists. Here he was assigned duty as a Division Records Officer with an additional duty as Division Graves Registration Officer.
Young was transferred back to the United States in June of 1945. Discharged, he stayed in the Marine Corp Reserve and was recalled in 1951 during the Korean Conflict. Returning to Quantico, Va. with his family for a 6 months he trained in an officer refresher course.
From there Young was transferred to Korea 1st Marine Division and assigned to the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment as Assistant Operations Officer, then to Company Commander of Headquarters the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, First Marine Division.
He returned to the United States in 1953. Young resigned his commission and was discharged from the Marine Corp. He received a Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal with Combat V.