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Ronald D. Young, Jr.
March 23, 2003 Ronald D. Young, Jr. of Lithia Springs is shot down during heavy fighting in central Iraq
  Ronald D. Young, Jr.
April 13, 2003 Former POW's arrive at Ramstein Air Force Base
  Ronald D. Young, Jr.
April 13, 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young, Jr. is freed by Marines who rescued the downed Apache helicopter pilot from his Iraqi captors a few miles south of Tikrit, Iraq
  Ronald D. Young, Jr.
April 19, 2003 Ron Young is reunited with his family at Fort Bliss, Texas
  Ronald D. Young, Jr.
April 20, 2003 Ron Young enjoys a church service with President George W. Bush at Fort Hood, Texas
  Ronald D. Young, Jr.


Lithia Springs, Georgia, is a small town with a big hero - Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young, Jr. Young and another officer were forced to land their Apache attack helicopter in heavy fighting in central Irag during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The officers were detained by the Iraqi army, mistreated and forced to appear on-camera. Members of the First Marine Expeditionary Force rescued Young and the other officer south of Tikrit.

Upon returning home Chief Warrant Officer Young was reunited with members of his family who had flown in from Atlanta, a few miles east of Lithia Springs. He attended church with President George W. Bush the next morning, calling it the greatest day of his life.





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