ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tom Young, the St. Clairsville American Legion Veteran of the Month, saw some action far from home when he served in Korea from 1960-61.
As a private 1st class in the U.S. Army, he was a member of First Observation Battalion, 25th Artillery, which dated from the early 1900s and originated in World War I.
By 1960, the Korean War had been largely concluded for seven years following a ceasefire, though a heavily fortified demilitarized zone, guarded on both sides, remains in place to this day.
Young’s primary mission was to locate enemy artillery for U.S. forces to target.
“I was a forward observer. I had to go up near the enemy line and watch the firing of their artillery. Wherever it hit, I had to call the coordinates in so they could change the position of their weapons,” he said.
Young also had to be on alert to move in the event of an offensive from North Korea.
“Our purpose there … was to really withdraw from there should an alert or should we be attacked, and set up our unit…
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