Class Of 1964 USAF Academy

T.R.'s History

Gone But Not Forgotten

YoungTRSm.jpg Major Truman R. Young, Jr., Class of 1964, was killed on 13 March 1982 when the KC-135 aircraft he was flying was struck by a single-engine civilian aircraft near Luke AFB, AZ. At the time of his death, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in Phoenix serving in the Arizona Air National Guard. He had planned to announce his candidacy for the Arizona State Legislature.

While in the Air Force, Major Young was a C-141 pilot in Military Airlift Command and later served as an instructor pilot and test pilot in the T-37 and T-38 aircraft. During his tour in Thailand as a forward air controller, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and 14 Air Medals.

Major Young left the Air Force in 1971 to attend Arizona State University's College of Law. After graduating in 1974, he joined Arizona's Maricopa County attorney's office and continued flying as an Air National Guard pilot. He continued to actively participate in Judo and rugby in his spare time.

Major Young was survived by his wife, Tandy, of Phoenix, and his parents.

(Gone But Not Forgotten, Checkpoints, Spring 1982)

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