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The Skipper (Our Captain)

In 1976 we learned that our captain, Warren H. Young, was a federal judge in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Skipper was a most enthusiastic supporter of bringing his old crew together again. In 1979, he alone organizd our second reunion, a never to be forgotten affair. The reunion was held in the Captain's hometown of St. Croix, USVI. For one week, the crew and their families were welcomed and feted by the people of St. Croix, the major industries and the Coast Guard who sent the cutter Dauntless to the Islands to greet us.

At the age of 61, our beloved Skipper, after being diagnosed with cancer while undergoing a check up in Boston, passed away at his home in St. Croix.

The following is an excerpt from an interview in The Mad Hooligan Story where in his own words Warren Young talks about his post war years. "I knew nothing about the Virgin Islands, but after checking out St. Croix, I found it to be strikingly similar to Saipan -- my favorite island in the Pacific. I chose St. Croix for my permanent home.

"Then I opened a bar, called it the "Rubiyat" after the Alden cutter I had in Chicago. I also became a real estate broker. Then in 1952, the law business picked up and I began devoting my time to it, in fact, quite a bit of over time.

"I shamefully and immodestly state that I met with success as a lawyer, becoming the head of an eight-member firm with offices in both St. Croix and St. Thomas. However, I questioned if that was a measure of 'success'.

"In 1971, I was appointed as a Federal District Court Judge -- my appointment signed by Messrs. Nixon and Mitchell; that should be worth something someday! I was not a Republican, nor was I a politician. I was just the oldest lawyer around with the most trial experience.

"All in all, I've had a wonderful and full life down here. Between my wife and I, we have raised six children in St. Croix."



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