In high school, Donald McArthur Young was the football player who got the scholarship to college, the "cool guy" whom all the girls liked, remembered his football coach George Miller.
"He was a good kid, really dedicated not only to athletics but academics as well," Miller said.
He joined the ROTC at William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Va., and stayed involved, even while he played football on a scholarship at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.
After graduating, Young joined the Navy because he felt it was his duty to work for his country, Miller said. The 41-year-old Young was working as an information systems technician in the Pentagon when he was killed.
"It was important for him to do what he could for his country," Miller said. "I think his wife (Felicia) wanted him to quit, but he didn't. He loved America that much. And he wound up dying for his country."
Profile courtesy of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.