Friends remembered: David Anderson Young

David Anderson Young, 70, of Murrayville, Ga., died Dec. 31, 2016.  He was awarded the medal in 1967 for attempting to save three Boy Scouts and their leader after leaked gasoline fumes exploded in the cave they were exploring in Trenton, Ga., on April 16, 1966.  Then a 19-year-old college student, Young was exploring another cave in the vicinity when he learned of the accident.  He and others entered the stricken cave, and while engaged in rescue efforts, Young became nauseated and lost consciousness.  He was taken from the cave and recovered after hospital treatment.  The scouts were rescued later, their leader dying in the accident.  Young continued caving and in 1982 was part of the team that set a rappelling world record on Mount Thor, Baffin Island, Canada.