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Ron Young    

POW During Operation: Iraqi Freedom; Contestant on "The Amazing Race"

Ron Young was a former POW in the 2003 Gulf military action against Iraq who later became a contestant in the reality show The Amazing Race 7.

Growing up in Lithia Springs, Georgia, Young had dreamed of flying jets since he was a young child. After becoming an Eagle Scout, Young learned he could fly Apache helicopters if he joined the Army, so he enlisted.

On March 23, 2003, during his first combat mission in the Iraqi war, he and his copilot, Chief Warrant Officer David Williams, went down with their Apache Longbow helicopter amidst fierce gunfire about 50 miles southwest of Baghdad. Iraqi soldiers shot at them for more than an hour before they were finally taken captive and held as prisoners of war for 22 days.

Two attempts were made to rescue the pilots, but the fire was so heavy that those first efforts were unsuccessful. Finally, Young, Williams and the other five POWs were rescued by the Marines on April 13, 2003.

Over a year later, he competed in The Amazing Race 7 together with his then girlfriend, beauty queen Kelly McCorkle. The couple finished the competition in third place.

Today, Young works for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, as a motivational speaker and a cable news special contributor.



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