Rod Young was born 2 Jan 1912 in Dalhart, Texas to Charles and Florence Young. The family moved from Dalhart to Pratt, Kansas in the summer of 1912, where they lived until 1921, when they moved to Dodge City, Ford Co. KS. For a time after high school, Rod worked for the Dodge City Daily Globe newspaper as a sports writer. Following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, he began a railroad career in Dodge City, KS with the ATSF Railway. He was working in Pueblo Colorado when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and he enlisted that same month in the Army. After the war, he continued his employment with the ATSF in engineering department until his retirement in 1972 as Office Engineer in La Junta, Colorado. He and Mary E. Lattin were married in April 1946, and they were the parents of three children. Mary E. Young died in Aug 1996 in La Junta, Colorado; Rod Young died 20 Sep 1997 in Des Moines, Iowa; they are both buried in the Ft. Lyon National Cemetery, Bent County, Colorado.
Rod Young, like so many of his generation, was not very talkative with his family about his war experiences. He worked as a telegrapher in the Pacific Theater and was stationed among other places in Guadalcanal.