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March 25, 2003

Iraq-- Twenty-six-year old Chief Warrant Officer Ronald Young, Junior is from Lithia Springs. Monday, he was piloting an Apache helicopter when it went down in Iraq.

Iraqi troops took him and his co-pilot hostage.  In the video shot by Iraqi TV, he and pilot David Williams from Orlando appear to be uninjured.

Young's family says video of him in custody actually brought them some comfort. "I was worried that something worse than that may have taken place. I know he's there, and I know he's still alive," said his father, Ronald.

"Everybody needs to support our troops," said his mother, Kay. "They need that more than anything. That's more important to us. If anybody wants to know what they can do, they can support our troops. They can pray for them and be there for them."

Young joined the Army at age 22. He’s based at fort hood, Texas.

posted at 2:55PM by dave.miller@walb.com