Confirmed: Sam Porter Young Jr., US Air Force Retired, Korea, (126-21) 6 Jul 21

July 6, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Sunset Funeral Home
1701 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78218
Confirmed: Sam Porter Young Jr., US Air Force Retired, Korea, (126-21) 6 Jul 21 @ Sunset Funeral Home | San Antonio | Texas | United States


The family of Mr. Sam Porter Young Jr., a US Air Force (Ret.) Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard at the LEO supported procession, and graveside service and rendering of military honors of their loved one. We are honored to accept this invitation.

He was a patriot. A man who loved his country and who used his skills to the maximum in the service of the United States Air Force. He always demonstrated to his family his innate beliefs of integrity, honor, respect, sense of responsibility, love of family and country. And he did so with a generous addition of humor.

Sam Porter Young, Jr. was born August 19, 1927, in Winter Haven, Florida, to Vera Ovesta Higginbotham and Sam Porter Young. His family soon moved to Miami, and during his high school years, he realized his passion to serve the military. He spent time in the Coast Guard, the Merchant Marines, the Naval Reserve.

A graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and Alpha Kappa Psi. With his aunt, he managed a popular resort hotel in Idaho but returned to Miami to join the USAF. After training, he was sent to Korea to the 51st Fighter Interceptor Jet Wing where he flew an F86. He was credited with downing the last MIG during the Korean Conflict and received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1953, the Korean Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. He was also a recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and other citations. His next assignment was to the Air Education and Training Command at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. Being a member of Phi Gamma Delta, he invited some Texas alums to a party at the Officers Club. That friend further invited a brother fraternity member whose date was Maurine Mitchell. A romance followed and Sam and Maurine married on April 30, 1955.

Schooling in the Squadron Officers School at the Air University at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama, was quickly followed by the position of instructor in the same school where he received the Old Guard Trophy, awarded once a year for outstanding SOS instructor. From Command and Staff School he was designated as the Distinguished Graduate.

After an intensive course in Spanish at the Foreign Service Institute for him and his wife, he was assigned to the US Mission in Cordoba, Argentina, as advisor to the Argentine AF Academy. Two years later he was sent to Buenos Aires where he was attached to the US Embassy for almost two more years. In 1969 he returned to San Antonio and joined the Military Assistance Training Program, DCS/Plans, Headquarters Randolph AFB. In this capacity he represented HQ ATC as Worldwide Training Consultant in USAF MAPT Refinement Conferences. His final tour of duty was as an advisor to the Panamanian Air Force and as acting air attache. His duties also included liaison with the General Staff of the Guardia Nacional and as focal point for coordinating all military affairs between Panama and the US Armed Forces in the Canal Zone.

Sam Young retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in June 1974 in Panama. He worked with the US Department of Agriculture in Colombia, and in partnership with an airplane parts business before returning to live in San Antonio. He worked as a real estate agent and later for the Bexar Appraisal District.

He is survived by his wife, Maurine, and by sons Brian (Rachel), Robert (Amber), and daughters Rebecca (Randy) and Jennifer. Grandchildren are Sarah, Jack (Lauren Taylor), Jessica (Sean), and Taylor (Jamie). Great-grandchildren are August, Sam, and Carson. Other survivors include: sister Shirlee Lumb, nieces Julie Ann, Linda Lee, nephew Scott, and step-grandchildren Hunter and Grace.

WEATHER: Hi 85 / Lo 74, 50% Chance of Rain, 81% Humidity, Wind: 10 mph SE

REQUESTOR: Jennifer Young, Daughter


STAGING: 9:00 am, Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Sunset Funeral Home & Memorial Park
1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, Texas 78218


BRIEFING: 9:15 am


HONOR LINE: 9:50 am



KSU: 10:00 am (Semper Gumby)


INTERMENT: 10:30 am – Shelter #3 (Call to Verify)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road

San Antonio, Texas 78209


RC: Michael “Twin Tower” Roberts

FC: Alice “Cake Lady” Wagener

1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.
2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.
3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!
4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.
5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.
***Safety Notice***

Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below. Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards. Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.

Funeral Processions/Escorts

EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.
At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way. Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.
If you choose to fly a Flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,

Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Dignity, Honor, Respect
Cell: 562-413-2223

“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us get to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.”
Will Rogers