William L. Young, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

William L. Young
Staff Sergeant, US Army
Date of Death: April 2, 1945
Cause of Death: Killed in Action (Germany)
Hometown: Valparaiso

Newspaper Notices:

One Missing, One Dead and One Injured

A Valparaiso soldier lost his life on the western front; a Valparaiso naval flyer was reported missing after a combat mission, and a Wheeler army pilot, listed as missing, has been liberated from a German prison camp. Still another man was reported as wounded in action in the European region.

This was the price paid today by Valparaiso and Porter county in the nation's struggle for victory over her enemies in Europe and in the Pacific theater of operations.

The dead soldier is S/Sgt. William L. Young, husband of Mrs. Gretchen L. Young, 703 Franklin avenue, Valparaiso.

The missing flyer is Ensign Harry Large, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Large, 662 Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

The pilot prisoner released, is 2nd Lieut. Charles Smith, 25, husband of Mrs. Lorraine Smith, of Hobart, and son of Mr. and Mrs. John I. Smith, of Wheeler.

The wounded man is Pvt. George Poparad, Jr., son of Mrs. Anna Toth, of Chesterton, RFD 1.

S/Sgt. Young was killed in action in Germany on April 2, 1945, according to a telegram received today by his wife from the secretary of war. Young was a veteran of seven years of service in the army. Besides his wife he is survived by a son, Michael William, one year old, March 17; his mother, Mrs. Jean Shogren, of St. Peter, Minn., and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Young, living in California. He was born in Valparaiso 27 years ago.

Ensign Large was reported as missing since April 10 in the South Pacific, according to a message received from the Navy department Tuesday by his parents. It marked the second time he has been missing in combat duty. The first time he was picked up on March 31, four hours after his craft had been shot down in the Pacific.

On the last mission on April 10 he failed to return and the Navy department listed him as missing. His parents received a letter posted on April 8, two days before he was reported missing.

Ensign Large was a member of the 100th Fighting Squadron of the Pacific Fleet, and had been in service two years and two months.

He was graduated from Valparaiso high school where he was a member of the school's undefeated football team, and also played at Iowa City, Ia., in 1943 with the Iowa Pre-Flight team, also undefeated that year.

2nd Lieut. Smith, news of whose release from a German prisoner camp was received from the War department by his wife and parents, was shot down in a bombing mission over Austria on Feb. 25, 1943. In a letter he wrote to his wife he stated he took a ---rain back in American lines while stepping from a train in American held territory he saw a former pal, Billy Warble, of near Wheeler, and darted out of line to greet him. The two had a talk together before Warble was due to join his outfit.

Smith, who is a pilot on a B-24 bomber, has been in the Air Corps over two years. He has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf clusters. He has a son, John Edward, four months, whom he has never seen.

George P. Poparad, Jr., private in the U. S. Army, was reported by the War department as wounded while fighting in the European region.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; April 18, 1945; Volume 18, Page 2, Column 6, and Page 3, Column 8

Trinity Lutheran
Washington and Chicago
Rev. D. A. Flesner

Sunday school, 9:15. Morning worship, 10:30. Immediately following the worship service there will be a brief memorial service for S/Sgt. William L. Young, who was killed in action on April 2.

The Vestry will meet Monday evening at 8:00. The Tri-Service league will meet Thursday evening at 8:00.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; April 27, 1945; Volume 18, Page 2, Column 6

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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