About the Author
Douglas Young spent his youth fighting a war in Vietnam. Educated at Florida Southern College, Young accepted a commission as an infantry officer, serving two different tours of duty; the first in 1966-677 with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, the second in 1969-70 with the 1st Cavalry Division. After meeting the love of his life at the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Vietnam, Doug married the former Lieutenant Cynthia Mason in 1971. Never one to stay settled, Young started his post-army life as a police officer in Atlanta, Georgia, including a four-year stint as a homicide detective. An accomplished pistol shooter, Young moved on to teach firearms at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center near Brunswick, Georgia. Loving the challenge of starting something new, he and Cindy moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he worked at a training academy for the U. S. Department of Energy. He found time to earn his Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of New Mexico, and then moved to a new job as a distance learning coordinator for a consortium of colleges and universities in Texas. Once again, the call of the new and different moved him to accept a position at the University of Texas Pan American in south Texas, retiring in 2004 as the Director of the Center for Distance Learning. Young retired earlier than most people, but only so he could continue with his passion. A return trip to Viet Nam in 2002 sparked a latent interest. A dream was born and the two moved to Viet Nam where they taught English at the University of Hue in 2005-06. Wanting to see the young minds they had taught get the best education possible, Cindy and Doug have assisted Vietnamese students in coming to the United States for graduate work. An ardent photographer, Doug works as a freelance sports and features photojournalist for the Progress Times newspaper in Mission, Texas. Cindy and Doug are practicing, believing Christians who worship in the Episcopalian tradition at St. Peter and St. Paul church, also in Mission, Texas.