|Karl Patrik Youngblood
Captain, United States Air Force
|He gave his life that we might live free!
Memorial Corner Flag Raising, Saturday February 4, 2006
Sponsored by the O’Fallon Woman’s Club
Biography provided by the O’Fallon Historical Society
Karl Patrik Youngblood was born on March 31, 1969 in Farmington Hills,
Michigan, a son of David S. Youngblood and Noreen C. Nys, nee Laframboise.
He attended West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia and
graduated in 1992 first in his class. He entered the United States Air Force and
became a search and rescue pilot stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las
Vegas, Nevada as a member of the 66th Rescue Squadron. He married Capt.
Lee Anne Bloom, a 1988 graduate of O’Fallon Township High School and
daughter of Leonard and Margaret Bloom, on September 20, 1997 at the First
United Methodist Church in O’Fallon. Also stationed at Nellis Air Force
Base, she was chief deputy of public affairs for the Air Warfare Center. On the
night of Thursday September 3, 1998, Capt. Youngblood and 11 other airmen
went on a routine night training rescue mission in two HH-60G Pave Hawk
helicopters. At 1 am the next day, they were reported overdue and a rescue
mission was launched. The helicopters were found 55 miles northwest of Nellis
AFB at Pintwater Range. There were no survivors. Capt. Youngblood was laid
to rest in O’Fallon City Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, parents, in-laws,
two sisters, two brothers, two nephews and a niece. He loved the Air Force
and lived to fly. He believed his job to be tremendously important but also knew
how dangerous it was. He died doing what he loved.