WWII veteran built aircraft engines from every service

10:00 am | December 24, 2013

Regardless of what military branch a World War II Allied veteran may have served in, if he flew a plane, Ronald Young could build and fix its engines.

Photo by Kayla Carter  North Carolina native Ronald Young served in the Air Force during World War II, but his engine-building prowess was also put to work for the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.

Photo by Kayla Carter
North Carolina native Ronald Young served in the Air Force during World War II, but his engine-building prowess was also put to work for the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.

“I built airplane engines for all the services,” said Young, who will be 97 next month. “They were used in every branch of service during the war.”

Young, who was born and raised in the unincorporated Avery County, N.C., town of Cranberry, enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1942.

“I remember Pearl Harbor,” Young said. “I lived on the opposite side of the river. We didn’t have a phone or a radio. I was outside one day and a neighbor across the river said ‘We are at war. Pearl Harbor has been bombed.’”

After the news came from his neighbor, Young got a jump start in his career working with airplane engines.

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