Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Walter Roland Young (September 14, 1916 - January 9, 1945) was an American football player and World War II veteran. He was killed in a plane crash in Tokyo.On a warm fall day in 1986, the halftime program of a University of Oklahoma football game included a ceremony involving a man whose name few in the packed stadium had ever heard. As his story was told, fans began to pay attention. The first consensus All-American football player in Oklahoma history . . . led his team to its first conference championship ever . . . first bowl birth ever, in the 1939 Orange Bowl . . . played pro football for the then-formidable Brooklyn Dodgers . . . voluntarily gave up his NFL career to become a member of the elite flying club who piloted America s B-17 Flying Fortress bombers in World War II Europe . . . flew the full schedule of 25 missions against mighty German armed forces . . . volunteered to go back into combat in the Pacific Theater against Japan . . . earned command not only of a gigantic new B-29 Super Fortress, but of an entire squadron of them.