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Age:   20
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Date of Death: 3/2/2007
Incident Location: Safwan, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: Company C, 3rd Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment, California Army National
Unit's Base: San Pedro, Calif.

Christopher Dewayne Young, aka "Chris", "CY79", was born September 30, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA. to Gina Wright and Joseph Young, Jr. Chris was a happy child who loved his family and friends. Chris attended elementary school at Atherton and Calvary Christian School in Inglewood. He also attended York and Perry Vista school. Chris attended Leuizinger High in Lawndale. While there, he was active in the R.O.T.C. Chris later attended and graduated from Washington High School in Los Angeles in 2004. While at Washington, Chris began playing football for the Washington Generals. Chris used to complain about the harsh training and discipline he experienced while playing football, but he loved the game and his team mates, so it was all worthwhile and a good learning experience for him. Chris spent a lot of time with his grandmother Audrey Wright, known as, "Mother". She was always there for him and was a big part of his formative years. Chris had a special relationship with his mom and he loved her unconditionally. He cherished their relationship and their time together. Chris' Godfather, Dennis Crumwell, had a great impact on his life. He was always there for Chris and loved him just like a son. When Chris was in middle school, his uncle Anthony started bringing him to church and bible study at Academy Cathedral. Chris grew to love the Lord, the church and the people in the church. Even when his uncle moved out of the area, Chris continued to go to Academy. He was a faithful member who sang in the Adult and Youth Choir, a faithful member of the Youth Ministry and was always there to lend a hand where needed. Everyone loved Chris and he made many friends there that loved him dearly. His crazy laugh and infectious smile will be missed. Chris enlisted in the California Army National Guard in Oct. 2005. He became active shortly after that. In August 2006, Chris was ordered to report to Fort Dix New Jersey, where he was prepared for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was deployed to Iraq in October 2006. On March 2, 2007, in Safwan, Iraq, Chris was the driver of an M1114, that struck an IED. Chris was a true "American Hero", who wanted to make a difference in the world. He wanted a better life and he wanted to fulfill his God given purpose. He was a leader who loved his family and friends. He loved his country and made the ultimate sacrifice; his own life. Chris is survived by his mother Gina Wright, his father Joseph Young, Jr., his fiance Darshell Williams, his grandparents Russell & Audrey Wright, Verline & Joseph Young, his aunts Gloria, Sharon, & Deborah Wright, Callie, Erma Dean, Kathy Ann, Gloria, and Annette Young. His uncles Russell, Bernard and Anthony Wright, Lonnie and Ronnie Young. Along with a host of cousins, cherished friends and comrades. Funeral services were held at Academy Cathedral in Inglewood, California. Interment took place at Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Source: Associated Press
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