DescriptionAstronaut John Young's Captain Hard Shoulder Boards (Two) Directly from his Personal Collection, Both Signed and Certified. The original clear lid plastic case is included, marked "Bende & Sons, Inc" in gold on top and with a "Capt./ Line" sticker on the end. Each board is 5.5" x 2.25", with four bullion stripes, a bullion star, and a U.S. Navy button on a black field. On the underneath of each, Young has signed: "My Captains Stripes John W. Young".
Young entered the Navy in June 1952 and served as Fire Control Officer on the USS Laws in the Korean Seas until June 1953 when he entered flight school. After earning his wings, Young spent four years (1955-1959) as a pilot in Fighter Squadron 103, where he flew F9 Cougars off the USS Coral Sea and Crusaders off the USS Forrestal. He entered U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1959 and, until 1962, was a project test pilot and program manager setting two time-to-climb world records in the F4H-1 Phantom II. Young was formally recommended for promotion to captain by President Richard Nixon on June 9, 1970 and he retired from the Navy in September 1976 with twenty-five years service.
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