Young, Keith Douglas (Major, b.1916 – d.1997)

Accession Number AWM2021.36.4
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter, Document
Maker Commonwealth of Australia
Ferris, John H
Young, Keith Douglas
Place made United States of America
Date made 1970-1997
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Vietnam, 1962-1975
Korea, 1953-1957 (Post-Armistice service - ceasefire monitoring)

Collection relating to the Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War service of Major Keith Douglas Young, United States Air Force, United States of America, 1970-1997.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of 2 folders of material relating to the service of Major Young in the United States Air Force, dated 1970 to 1997.

Folder 1 of 2 contains six letters, one biography and one document relating to Major Young, dated 1993-1997. This folder includes:

1x Letter written by Major Young to John Ferris, California, United States of America, dated 14 April 1993. In this letter Major Young writes regarding his distress over retained American prisoners of war in Vietnam.
5x Letters written by Major Young to Bena McNabb, California, United States of America, dated 1993 to 1995. In his letters Major Young writes to inform her of local weather, his health, visiting Australia, personal memories of the Normandy landings, Korean War and Vietnam War, attending military reunions and future travel plans.
1x Biography written by John H Ferris, titled ‘Keith Douglas Young. Major US Air Force (ret). A Person Extraordinaire’, c 1997. This biography narrates Major Young’s life story, covering his early childhood in Australia, move to the United States of America and subsequent service in the United States Army during the Second World War and United States Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam War.
1x Copy of official North Korean document (translated in English) written by Korean People’s Democratic Party Premier Kim Il Song, [date unknown]. This document is a decree for a price on Major Young’s capture or death.

Folder 2 of 2 contains one printed memorandum titled ‘Legal and Actual Status of Captured U.S Personnel’, written by Major Young, dated 1 March 1970. This official memorandum clarifies the legalities and procedures related to the capture and imprisonment of United States Air Force Personnel during the Vietnam War.