Did you know there are 2 Medal of Honor recipients attributed to Colorado Springs by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society (www.cmohs.org)? MOH are attributed to the city where the recipient entered military service.
The new Veterans Affairs clinic off Fillmore Street will be named after one of our MOH recipients, PFC Floyd Lindstrom, a WWII Veteran. His heroic actions and citation were covered by the Gazette last year.
Not mentioned was the other MOH recipient attributed to Colorado Springs, Lt Col Gerald Orren Young, USAF (Retired). Lt Col Young enlisted in the Air Force in Colorado Springs in 1958, retired in 1980, died in 1990, and is buried at Arlington Cemetery.
Lt Col Young was awarded the MOH for his heroic actions as a helicopter rescue crew commander at Khesanh, Vietnam, in 1967. After being shot down and seriously injured while recovering survivors of an Army ground reconnaissance team while under fire at night, he aided the wounded, led the hostile forces away, and evaded capture until he and the other survivor could be safely rescued 17 hours later. At the time Young was a Captain.
Lt Col Young was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1968. His Citation is viewable on the Congressional Medal of Honor Society website at http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3455/young-gerald-o.php.