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Warren's Dewey L. Young is veteran of the month (03-06-19)

Dawn Young of Warren, widow of American Legion Post 4 of Bantam's veteran of the month Dewey L. Young, and her sons, Bruce, left, and Craig, both of Warren, following the veteran of the month service Saturday at Bantam Borough Hall. BZ photos
Dewey L. Young, who hailed from Warren and served in the Army during the Korean War, is American Legion Post 44 of Bantam’s veteran of the month.
Young, who died June 16, 2018, was honored on Saturday at Bantam Borough Hall during Post 44’s 366th consecutive veteran of the month service. He was a member of Post 44 and in Warren was parade marshal for many years on Memorial Day.
Young’s widow, Dawn Young of Warren, and two of their four children, Craig Young and Bruce Young, both of Warren, were in attendance. An American flag is flying over the All Wars Memorial in Bantam in Young’s honor until April 6.
Young, a Specialist 4th Class in the Army, was drafted and reported for duty on Sept. 15, 1953. He served with the 11th Airborne in Munich, Germany, and with the 7850th Army Unit in France, which was a storage and supply unit.
After discharge from the Army in August 1955, Young received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. At the end of Saturday’s service, his widow was presented the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal by Post 44 in recognition of his service.
Young was hired as a lineman by the Connecticut Light & Power Co. after the war and spent 29 years with the company, retiring in 1984 at the age of 55. In retirement, he worked as a handyman and was known for his ability to repair motor vehicles and fix just about anything.
He was born on March 17, 1929, in Warren, one of seven children of Dewey L. Young Sr. and Edna (Curtiss) Young. He graduated from Warren Elementary School and, in 1948, from New Milford High School. After high school, he worked on local farms before being drafted by the Army.
Young met Dawn Gormley, his future wife, on a blind date. They married in 1958 and celebrated 60 years of marriage one month before his death last year.
In addition to his wife and sons Craig and Bruce, Young is survived by a son, Mark Young of Everett, Wash., and a daughter, Gloria Young, of Winter Park, Fla.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and three of his sisters, Patricia Colby of Warren and Diane Kuck and Donna Ramsey, both of New Milford.
Below, the veteran of the month service gets started with the Pledge of Allegiance.