March 22, 2013
A member of what many consider to be the United States’ greatest generation (the World War II era) celebrated his birthday with friends and family at Raley’s in Rohnert Park on Sept. 17.
Sherman Young, a World War II hero, rung in his 91st birthday with a group of men, mostly in their 80s, and some who also are WWII veterans. Young, who moved to Rohnert Park from the East Bay eight years ago, and his group are regulars for coffee at Raley’s every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Young was a captain in the Army Air Corps from 1939 to -1944 and flew more than 50 missions over Germany while stationed in Italy. Twice, Young was forced to bail out of his airplane.
After an honorable discharge, the Berkeley native managed a poultry house in Oakland.
Young has been married to his current wife, Dianne Kalina, for 11 years. He was married to his first wife, Alice, for 53 years before she passed away. He also leaves behind a daughter who lives in Berkeley.