Albert Youakim


Albert Youakim 1943 Yearbook photo

Hackensack High School
Yearbook Photo


When I (Bob Meli) spoke to Albert Youakim in 2005, he told me he had never graduated from Hackensack High School upon leaving the high school in April to join the service.

While going through yearbooks one day in 2010, I came across
Albert Youakim's 1943 yearbook photo. It was probably taken in the fall sometime, and the photo made its way into the yearbook.

Albert Youakim told me he received his GED while in the service.

Written by: Bob Meli







NOTE: I was only able to find Peter Youakim's graduation picture. All the other brothers attended Hackensack High School and all served in the Military. Albert told me in a conversation I had with him in 2005, that he got his High School diploma while serving in the Marines because he left Hackensack High School in the spring to join. The same may have been the case for Daniel and William.

Written by: Bob Meli




A Volunteer to the

United Spinal Association

For 61 YEARS

Inside is an article that appeared in the paper on November 4, 2007
two months after Al Youakim passed away. The 15 year old boy named
Dylan Levine, who is mentioned in the article, was in my daughter's
wedding party and walked down the church aisle as the ring bearer.

He had been diagnosed with his disease when he was three.

He was determined to walk down that aisle and did at the age of four. Not long
after that he never walked again.

I have not seen Dylan Levine since he moved from our neighborhood one year later when he was only five years old. The impact of what happened to Pete Youakim when he was crippled in that fox hole over sixty years ago and his brother Al's commitment to the disabled is still being felt today.

Written by: Bob Meli

Trailblazer for Disabled Article - November 13, 2005

Albert Youakim Wheelchair Sports Article - August 18, 2007

Albert Youakim Obituary - August 18, 2007

The Record Article - November 4, 2007 (Dylan Levine)

Wall Unit Display Poster of Albert Youakim


Youakim Story

Peter Youakim


Background image of General MacArthur wading ashore at Leyte, Philippine Islands obtained from: