Young, Merle Newcomer, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1966, 410X, 11th Naval District
Service Years
1940 - 1966
Chaplain Christian

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Watertown, SD
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Dec 30, 1997
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
2-E 131-A-Ss

 Official Badges 

United States Atlantic Command Badge US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Captain Young grew up in what he descibed as a devoutly Christian home. Born in South Dakota, his father a printer - soon moved the family to Iowa and later to Nebraska. His father was a printer who didn't earn a lot money. The pay was described as meager.

A young Merle "ran away" from home because he wanted away from what he saw as the restrictions of his home life and spent a short time as a farm worker. There he atteneded a Methodist chruch meeting where he gave his life to God and decided to dedicate his life to serving God, which eventually led to the ministry. He attended college and was ordained to the Methodist ministry in 1935. He pastored  five churches before he enlisted in the Navy.
Throughout his Naval service, Captain Young preached the Gospel, counselled his flock, and did as much as he could to uphold both the morals and morale of the people he led through his services. When he retired from the Navy, he returned to serving God in the civilian community.
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 Duty Stations
US NavyNaval  Training Center (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CAUSS Relief (AH-1)USS Enterprise (CV-6)
MCB Camp Pendleton CANAS San DiegoUSS Massachusetts (BB-59)11th Naval District
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Fleet Marine Force PacificNaval Chaplaincy School and Center
US Atlantic Command (USACOM)
  1940-1940, 410X, Bureau of Navigation
  1940-1940, 410X, Naval Training Center (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA/Branch Medical Clinic (NTC) San Diego, CA
  1940-1942, 410X, USS Relief (AH-1)
  1942-1943, 410X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1943-1944, 410X, MCB Camp Pendleton CA
  1944-1945, 410X, NAS San Diego
  1945-1946, 410X, USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
  1946-1948, 410X, 11th Naval District
  1949-1950, 410X, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42)
  1950-1953, 410X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1953-1955, 410X, Fleet Marine Force Pacific
  1955-1959, 410X, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center
  1959-1961, 410X, US Atlantic Command (USACOM)
  1961-1964, 410X, 6th Naval District
  1964-1966, 410X, 11th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
 Colleges Attended 
Princeton Theological SeminaryUniversity of Southern California
  1928-1932, Vennard College
  1938-1939, Princeton Theological Seminary
  1948-1949, University of Southern California
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 11, 1934, Married Dorothy Beulah Nash
  Apr 17, 1935, Ordained as a Methodist minster
  Oct 02, 1940, Commissioned in the Navy at the Rank of Lieutenant (jg)
  Jan 02, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 20, 1945, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1955, Promoted to Captain
  Nov 05, 1956, Chaplains School Head Reassigned1
  Jan 20, 1959, Chaplain Transferred1
  Feb 10, 1959, St Paul's Men1
  Mar 09, 1959, His Cross is Ours1
  Sep 03, 2017, Other colleges and universities
  Sep 03, 2017, Civilian pastorates
  Sep 03, 2017, General Photos2
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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