Dade O. Youngs Jr. (1941/09/02)
Dade's date with destiny ended in a car in a garage before he could live out his Navy role.
Dade Oliver Youngs Jr. was born to Dade and Christina Youngs on January 29, 1924, in Lemoore, California. When he was still young, the family moved to Santa Cruz, California, where Dade attended Mission Hill Junior High School. In the fall of 1938, Youngs enrolled in Santa Cruz High School where he majored in woodwork and cooking and served on the Junior Traffic Patrol.
Youngs left school early and on February 3, 1941, joined the US Navy. He was sent to San Diego for boot camp and upon completion, was trained as an aviation machinist. Scoring high in his class, he was promoted to Aviation Machinist Mate second class.
While returning to the San Diego, California, naval base on September 2, 1941, Dade Youngs and four companions were passengers in an automobile that went out of control a short distance north of Santa Monica. The vehicle crashed through a fence, clipped off a corner of a house and smashed into a garage, killing Dade. His body was returned to Santa Cruz and buried in the Soquel Cemetery.
(SCSn September 3, 1941 1:5; SCHSC Pg. 21)