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Boy scouts welcome former POW

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia boy scouts welcomed a true American Hero to Albany.

In March 2003, then Chief Warrant Officer Ron Young flew his first combat mission during the invasion of Iraq. He and his copilot were shot down and captured outside Baghdad.

Young and five other prisoners of war spent a month in captivity before U.S. Marines rescued them.

"It was really a trying time. They came in and beat us the first week. I lost 25 pounds in 23 days. The situation we really found ourselves in was being held in an Iraqi Military installation by the enemy. American jets and bombers are coming by and they're leveling the places we're being held in," said Young.

Marines rescued him. Young was an Eagle Scout. Since his rescue, he worked as a cable news special contributor, competed on the Amazing Race, and currently serves as a White House Political Appointee in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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