James Joseph Young Square


The intersection at Shenandoah St & Carruth Street, Dorchester, was dedicated as a hero square for James J. Young.


United States Army

James Joseph Young, 7 July 1924 – 12 March 1945

James Joseph Young was born on July 7, 1924, to Gertrude and Edward A. Young in Boston, MA. He was raised in Dorchester attended Boston Trade High School, graduating in 1942. James showed his love for our country when he enlisted in the United States Army on March 3, 1944 at the age of 19 and began active duty on March 5, 1944. Private First Class (PFC) Young proudly served with the Infantry Co. A, 47th Infantry Regiment 9th Division 1st Battalion. He was reported missing in action on March 7, 1945 and listed killed in action in Osburg, Germany on March 12, 1945. For the heroism and devotion PFC Young exemplified he was awarded The Medal of Liberty, The Bronze Star Medal and two The Purple Hearts. PFC Young was survived by his parents, residents of Dorchester, MA.

James lived at 1 Shenandoah Street.  He was the son of Edward and Gertrude (nee Kane) Young.  He received basic traing at Fort McClellan.  A news article in The Boston Globe, December 12, 1944, states that he graduated from Dorchester High School.


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January 1, 2022

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