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I lost my son, PFC Benjamin Gandalf Young, on 27 May 2007. We worked on a 58 Chevy Panel truck that I gave to him for his high school graduation present. It was his daily driver when he worked in the engine shop for Furniture Row Racing, the Nascar team based out of Denver , before he went in the Army. After dealing with the ex over his estate, the only thing that I ended up with was the 58. I am restoring the 58 to honor Ben and all others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I have decided that on the hood of the truck will be a painting of the US flag with the stripes forming flames down the side of the front fenders. For each of the 50 stars in the Flag, I want to put the name of a fallen warrior from each of the 50 States. The stars will be gold instead of white to represent the Gold Star Fathers who have also sacrificed.

I would like to be able to find 50 Fathers, one from each of the States, to get permission to include their son or daughter's name on this project.

To give you an idea of what else is included in this project, the 58 will also have the following installed:

  • The engine is a 327 from a 67 Camero that is being rebuilt by DC Racing engines in Denver. Ben worked for DC.
  • The rear end is a 9" Ford rear end built by Strange engineering.
  • The turbos are by Squires Turbo and will be frenched into the rear quarter panels of the truck.
  • The gas tanks will be the fuel cans used by the Nascar teams to put fuel in the racecars in the pits during the race.
  • The truck will have the Flag on the hood and on the fenders with a vinyl wrap around the rest of the truck which will include the emblems of the branches of the Military and the POW/MIA emblem.
  • The truck will have cameras installed in place of the rear view mirrors with a video monitor in the glove box.
  • The door handles will be shaved and electric door locks will be used to open the doors.

After I get done with the truck, I intend to go for a drive around the country to visit the Gold Star Fathers. My intent is not to put the truck in any shows or parades. It will not be used for any commercial purposes.

If you have any ideas on how I can get a hold of Gold Star Fathers to include the name of their fallen on a star, Please contact me at 210-241-9030. My address is:
Mike Young
PO Box 714
Berlin, NH 03570



Thanks for replying. I will have a website page going up on this courtesy of Mr. Richard R. Gideon with Gideon Flags. We are currently working on the final layout on this and we should be done in the next few days. I will email you back with the link and you can include the link in the projects page. There are pics of the project at: http://rides.webshots.com/album/575365357rrLxoj.

With Ben it was all about horsepower and I think this is the best way to continue.

I will be in touch with you when I have more pics and the webpage links.



IMPORTANT! Please fill in all the areas. Double check that all the information is correct. The Gold Stars that will be on the hood of the truck will be part of the whole vinyl wrap on the hood and will NOT be individual stars that can be peeled off and corrected.

Hero's Name:

Hero's Rank:

State Representing:

Gold Star Dad's Name:

Soldiers Date of Death:

(Killed In Action or Died Of Wounds.)

Mailing Address:






Unfortunately, the space on the star is limited to Name and Rank. Please provide other information about your hero such as nicknames or dates in the space below and I will include it on the website.

Other Information for Website only:

.I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.