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Col. Mason James "Jim" Young Jr.
Col. Mason James “Jim” Young Jr.

Col. Mason James “Jim” Young Jr. died June 6, 2015, in Williamsburg. He was 91.

He was born Nov. 10, 1923, into an Army family while his father was serving in New Orleans. Jim grew up as an “Army brat” in Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; Providence, Rhode Island; Leavenworth, Kansas; Hawaii; and Washington.

Upon graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in July of 1941, graduating on D-Day, June 6, 1944, one year early due to the need for young officers at the front in WWII. He ran for the track team at West Point and continued running and exercising throughout his 80s.

A veteran of three wars, Jim Young served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam as an artillery officer and commander as well as in staff and command assignments, including in post-war Japan for General Douglas MacArthur and in Germany, Taiwan, Thailand and throughout the United States. He retired in 1974 from TRADOC (U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command) at Fort Monroe where he was responsible for basic and advanced individual training across the Army.

He was wounded by the Nazis and received the Bronze Star for Valor in WWII. He earned the Bronze Star for service in Korea and Vietnam as well as multiple awards of the Legion of Merit and the Air Medal for service in Vietnam. He had over 65 parachute jumps, serving with the 101st Airborne Division.

In retirement he earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary and taught at Christopher Newport College. He served as an officer in the Association of the U.S. Army and also the Kiwanis Club of Denbigh. He was a dedicated usher at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. Jim was a long-standing member of the Scottish St. Andrews Society of Williamsburg, the Crown Colony Club in Williamsburg and the West Point Society of Williamsburg where he was the oldest member. He actively participated and hosted pot luck and poetry with friends in Williamsburg. He spent summers at his family home in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

Jim married his beloved wife, Helen Bullard Young, on July 16, 1945, a marriage that lasted 58 years. Following her death in 2003, he resided at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg.

He is survived by a brother, William B. Young, of New York City; children, Mason James Young III, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Reserve-retired (married to Carolyn Lane Young), of Oak Hill, Joanne W. Young (married to Bruce Foreman), of Washington and Ambassador Stephen M. Young (married to Barbara Finamore), of Londonderry, New Hampshire; grandchildren, Maureen Foreman Donnelly, of Newark, Delaware, Mason James Young IV, of Arlington, Caroline Lane Young, of New York, Michael North Young, of Washington, Markley North Foreman Schlegel, of Denver, Clifford James Foreman, 2nd Lt. U.S. Marine Corps, of San Clemente, California, Rebecca Anne Young, of Seattle and Patrick Stephen Young, of Orange, California; great-grandchildren, Colin Donnelly and Owen Donnelly, of Newark, Delaware as well as Mason James Young V and John Francis Young, of Arlington.

Jim Young is remembered not just as a “Muddy Boots Soldier,” artillery commander and decorated veteran of three wars, but a man dedicated to country, family, friends, church and community, who lived by his values and was gracious to all.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. June 19, 2015, at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg. The burial service will be held at 2 p.m. July 11, 2015, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Londonderry, New Hampshire with internment at Glenwood Cemetery in Londonderry with full military honors.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Bucktrout Funeral Home.

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