Remembering “Billy”

He was a Hazleton native, a U.S. Vietnam War Veteran, a father, a husband and a friend to many. William Youngcourt, who passed on Friday, also had a love for horses. A horse drawn carriage carried 64-year-old “Billy” Youngcourt to his final resting place Wednesday morning. After his loved ones said their final goodbyes at Boyle’s Funeral Home in Hazleton, Youngcourt’s casket, draped wit the American flag, was carried onto a carriage. Then a procession of horses in his honor, including Billy’s very own horse named RED, proceeded up Laurel Street to his funeral. This vet also received not one, but two purple hearts, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Sharpshooter Badge.  He was an active member of several clubs in the area and loved to fish. After his funeral at Trinity Lutheran Church, he was honored with at twenty-one gun salute.


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