CAPT Austin Virgil Young was born on October 29, 1925, in Rayland, Ohio. He enlisted in the Navy in May, 1943, and after Boot Camp he went to flight training. He won his wings and commission as an Ensign in July, 1946.
His first duty station was with Patrol Squadron Three in the Panama Canal Zone. Later tours of duty included that of an instructor in the Naval Air Advanced Training Command, CIC School, duty aboard USS Siboney (CVE-112), general line school and Aircraft Ferry Squadron Thirty One.
From August, 1958, to July, 1960, CAPT Young was with Patrol Squadron Twenty Three, followed by a tour of duty as NROTC Instructor at Northwestern University. In August, 1962, he enrolled in the Armed Forces Staff College. Upon completion, he reported to Patrol Squadron Thirty One where he served as Operations and Executive Officer.
Prior to reporting aboard USS Salisbury Sound as Executive Officer, CAPT Young was commanding officer of Patrol Squadron Forty Two. He relieved CAPT Clarence Mackey as CO on 13 January 1967, and was the Sally's last Commanding Officer, serving until the ship was decommissioned on 31 March 1967.
CAPT Young was transferred to the staff of Chief of Naval Operations as the project officer for Observation Squadron Sixty Seven (VO 67), a highly classified program for interdiction of supplies to the Viet Cong along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam.
Upon retirement, he returned to his home state of Ohio and lived in the city of Zanesville until his death on August 18, 2005.