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Clifford David Younger

SGT in 603rd Engineer Camouflage Bn : Co B, HQ Platoon


Born 1915 in PA, Died 1985

County of residence at enlistment: Lehigh County, PA
Other residence(s): Catasauqua, PA
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: carpenters
Source: 603rd Camouflage Engineer Roster provided by W. Anderson; Company B Names and Addresses roster; photo from son Gary Younger

Clifford Younger was born on February 22, 1915 in Catasauqua, PA, a suburb of Allentown. He was the younger of two sons born to Pennsylvania residents for several generations; his father was a building contractor/carpenter.

Clifford (known in high school as "Clip") graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1932. He was an active participant in several organizations—football manager, president of the Junior Mechanics Club, and a member of the science club, as well as playing intramural basketball, football, and baseball, running track, and serving as a member of the stage crew.

After graduation, Clifford went to work as a carpenter with his father. He registered for the draft on October 16, 1940, and married Mabel E. Faix on January 24, 1942. Less than four months later, on May 6, 1942 he enlisted. He eventually found himself in the 603rd Engineer Camouflage Battalion, working as a carpenter, and served in Europe with the unit.

He was discharged on October 29, 1945 and returned to Catasauqua, where he and Mabel had three children before 1950 (Lee Ann, Gary, and James). He worked initially as a self-employed contractor. Later he ran a saw sharpening service, and then worked as a foreman at GAF Corporation, a nationwide flooring manufacturer with a plant in nearby Whitehall Township. (GAF was sold to Tarkett, Inc. in 1981.)

Clifford was an active member of the Catasauqua Phoenix Fire Co. where he had served as chief engineer before his enlistment in the Army, and eventually became assistant fire chief. He was a deacon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church and also served in Scouting. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating. and spending time at the family summer home near White Haven, PA.

He died on October 11, 1985 and is buried at Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Allentown, PA.


(see yearbook, 1932, below)


1920 census

1930 census

1931 high school yearbook (as junior)

1932 high school yearbook

1940 census

1940 draft card

1942 marriage record

1942 enlistment record

1942 article in The Morning Call (Allentown PA) re his enlistment and his having served as a church deacon

1943 article in The Morning Call (Allentown PA) re his military service

1945 article in The Morning Call (Allentown PA) re his military service

1945 article in The Morning Call (Allentown PA) re his military service

1950 Pennsylvania US Veterans' Compensation Files WW2

1981 US Public Records Index

1985 Find a Grave record

1985 VA death record

1985 obituary in The Morning Call (Allentown PA),0.4943132,0.8149672,0.69879526&xid=3355&_ga=2.157332154.18379976.1647895124-1115321315.1647468155

1985 Pennsylvania Veteran's Burial Card

2022 (February 21) GALP Veteran Biography Worksheet from son Gary Younger

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