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Waddy Young – All-American - Podcast

OU’s first consensus All-American football player. Conference Heavyweight wrestling champion. All-campus boxing champ. Brooklyn’s “Iron Dodger” NFL star. Collegiate football hall of famer. Decorated World War II aviator in both Europe and the Pacific. One of the most electrifying, selfless combat deeds ever committed by an American warrior. There was only one Waddy Young, All-American.

Join John and KTOK/iHeartRadio star Gwin Faulconer-Lippert and explore the legend of one of Oklahoma’s greatest heroes, Ponca City native Walter Roland “Waddy” Young, a truly larger-than-life man in every way. It’s the 71st episode of our original OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Thank you Atwoods Stores for making it possible! Go HERE to listen to them all! Future episodes explore more great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History.

Waddy Young, Ponca City native and World War II flying legend.
Waddy Young, Oklahoma Sooner All-American, NFL star, and National Collegiate Football Hall of Famer.
Waddy Young and his “Waddy’s Wagon” crew, leaders among America’s first squadron of powerhouse B-29 Superfortresses.
How precious was the cost to the U.S.A. of winning World War II? This Ponca City war memorial serves as a haunting remembrance of the nearly 100 “Greatest Generation” patriots from just that one small Oklahoma town who gave their lives for their country in history’s most terrible conflict. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society.
The Waddy Young-led Oklahoma Sooners vs. the Tennessee Volunteers in the 1939 Orange Bowl, OU's first bowl game.

Many thanks to Atwoods Stores, a farm and ranch supply company based in Enid, Oklahoma, for their support of the Red River Institute of History and OKLAHOMA GOLD! Please support them as you are able! Wherever you are, you can order online from thousands of quality products on their terrific website HERE. Atwoods also has 66 stores in 5 states: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. In addition to farm and ranch supplies, Atwoods stores sell clothing, lawn and garden items, tools, hardware, automotive supplies, sporting goods, pet supplies, firearms, and seasonal items.

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