The troop transport ship U.S.N.S
General William Weigle departed San
Diego, California on February 18, 1966
for Pearl Harbor. Arrived on March
5th.. Picked-up some Army troops and
departed 24 hours later. Arrived in
DaNang on March 10th.. Many
Marines on board were assigned to
Battalion, First Marines and were
transported to Chu Lai on March 14th.
Arrived with only our sea bags.
Received M-14's and ammo a couple of
days later...much of the gear had been
used by dead or wounded Marines on
Dr. Claude V. DeShazo, 3/1 Battalion
Surgeon treating Vietnamese children
in Quang Ngi , 1st. quarter 1966.
Lt. Col. James R. Young
I'm Stanley D. Young the son of Col. James R. Young,
U.S.M.C. (ret.). I was in the 8th. Grade in Fallbrook, Ca.
and my brother, Roland, was a sophomore in Fallbrook
Union High School while Dad was away with the battalion
in '65-'66. I did a search on 3/1 and found your
After living in Arizona for 26 years after retirement in
Dad is currently living in a nursing facility here in Fort
Collins, Co. which is his hometown. He turned 77 in
August 2003. Dad's story as a Marine officer, serving
distinction for 26 years with his disability from his Korean
War wound was pretty unique.
The text copy of the email I received
from Stan Young is to the right. Most of
the young Marines who served under his
fathers command did not know him but
would have to agree with Stan in his
observations of his father.
Marines, the video below is from 1966-67 and was
shot in the area south of DaNang. The slides were
taken when I was with Kilo Company and the Super
8mm film is from the time period when I was a Scout
with H&S Co.
To watch the video, right-click, and then click on save
James Roland Young, Colonel USMC Retired, passed away on March
30, 2009. Jim was born
August 23, 1926, in Fort Collins, the only child of Roland A. Young,
formerly Superintendent of Roads and Parks for the City of Fort Collins
and Edith Childers Young. Jim's parents and several uncles, such as
"Red Feather" Lou Young and Harry Young, homesteaded during the
early 20th century in the Prairie Divide area near Livermore/Red Feather
Lakes. Jim spent a lot of time during his youth in the mountains and
countryside near Fort Collins and Red Feather camping, hunting and
fishing. Jim was very active in DeMolay and Boy Scouts as a young
man, raised rabbits for profit during the Great Depression and had a
large newspaper delivery route. Jim also worked at several of the local
businesses including Ted's Place.
Jim attended Washington School, Lincoln Junior High and graduated
from Fort Collins High School in the class of 1944. He enlisted in the
Navy earlier that year, reported for duty after graduation and was sent
to study at Colorado College under the Navy's V-12 Engineering
officer's training program. After the war ended, he was honorably
discharged and transferred to the University of Colorado, Boulder under
an NROTC scholarship where he graduated in 1948 with a BS in
aeronautical engineering and received a commission as a Second
Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
On graduation, he married (Donna) Camille Matteson, daughter of Dr.
Clarence D. (Wyoma) Matteson DDS, also of Fort Collins. Jim had two
sons from this marriage, Roland Louis Young, Alexandria, Va., with
wife Ann, and Stanley DeWitte Young, Fort Collins with wife, Lynn.
Jim and Cam divorced in 1969. Cam passed away in May, 2008. Jim
remarried in 1970 to Marina York, a widow with two children, Patricia
and (Horace) Edward York. Marina passed away from leukemia in
1990. Jim has two grandchildren, the children of Stanley, Matthew W.
L. Young and Jana M.L. Young, both of Parsippany, N.J.
Jim served in the 5th Regiment of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade on
the Pusan Perimeter early in the Korean War and was severely wounded
in September of 1950. Jim received several military awards, including
the Bronze Star with V device for Valor, the Army Commendation
Medal with V device for Valor and the Purple Heart, for his service,
bravery and wounds. After nearly three years of grueling medical
treatment and rehabilitation, Jim was able to return to duty as a Marine
officer. Due to his wounds, his right arm became almost useless but
was not amputated. Instead, it was surgically rebuilt so that he was able
to remain an active duty Marine. Being naturally right-handed, he had to
relearn to perform all activities left-handed.
Jim later served in numerous positions of increasing responsibility such
as Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Louisville
from 1960 - 1963. In 1965-1966, Lt. Col. Young commanded and
deployed the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Marine Regiment to the Chu Lai
area of Vietnam where he participated in several early campaigns of the
Vietnam War. Jim received both the Silver Star and Legion of Merit
with V device for Valor for his performance during several battalion
combat operations. Later in his military career, Jim attained the rank of
Colonel and served with the 3rd Division, the Fleet Marine Force,
Atlantic, Joint Chiefs of Staff in Virginia, Okinawa and at the Pentagon
culminating as the Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Schools. Jim attended
the National War College in 1971 - 1972 during which time he also
obtained a master's degree in International Relations from George
Jim retired after 30 years of military service in 1976 and lived in the
Phoenix, Ariz., area until 2003, when he returned to live in Fort Collins.
During his military career and retirement, Jim maintained a strong
association with the Fort Collins area by returning often to visit family
and friends, where he enjoyed backpacking in the Rawah Wilderness
and hunting near where his father had a cabin in the Poudre City area of
Poudre Canyon. Jim was a life member of the NRA and was an avid
outdoorsman who particularly enjoyed to hunt and who instilled in his
sons a love of the outdoors.
This is the watch I wore in Vietnam...it has
illuminated hands. This came in handy
during watch shifts unless your foxhole
buddy turned the hands ahead to shorten
his shift. PX issue.
On Thursday, Nov.15,2012, 3/1 Commanding Officer, LtCol
Tippett and his Marines put on a great ceremony for the fifty
3/1Vietnam Veterans and their supporters in attendance. Very
inspiring! They also hosted lunch in the Mess Hall...believe me, it's
not like the old days!!
Video by Staff Sgt. Philip Gronin
1st. Marine Division
Mouse-over to view video of ceremony