Anthony Bernard "Tony" Young
PVT in 603rd Engineer Camouflage Bn : Co B, 1st Platoon
Born 1922 in IL, Died 2009
County of residence at enlistment: Cook County, IL
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: commercial artists
Tony filled out his draft registration on June 29, 1942, and enlisted a few months later, on October 17, after seeing a notice that the military was looking for artists to become part of a special unit.
He became engaged to his future wife, the German-born Erika Schmidt, in 1942 after a dinner at famed Chicago restaurant Berghoff's; they married in 1943. They would go on to have three children: Anthony, Erika, and Barbara.
Tony served overseas with the Ghost Army; after his return to the US he went back to work at Peoples.
During his 44 years with the utility, he moved from delivery boy, to artist, to head of the creative group, to assistant advertising manager in 1956, and finally to advertising manager in 1959. In his tenure there, he created the well-known "Penny Flame" and "Digger" images for ad campaigns.
He retired in 1984, saying he planned to pursue art, photography, and golf, with a promise to bring down his handicap. He continued to study art throughout his retirement, working in a variety of media.
Tony died on March 9, 2009, in Chicago, and is buried at Maryhill Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum in Niles, IL. He was survived by his wife; they had been married for 66 years.
1940 high school yearbook photo
2003 photo with wife
1942 draft card
1942 enlistment record
1956 Chicago Tribune article re his promotion
1959 Chicago Tribune article re his promotion
1984 Chicago Tribune article re his retirement
2009 Social Security death index
2009 Find a Grave record
2009 Chicago Tribune death notice
2013 article by daughter Erika Vrabel in Lakeview IL Patch
2018 article by Rick Beyer in Chicago Sun-Times