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Same River, Different Water: A Veteran's Journey from Vietnam to Viet Nam Paperback – May 4, 2012
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.
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Leigh Fairbank, Major (USA Ret)
My wife and I are friends with Doug and Cindy Young. I'm a Vietnam veteran having served 19 months with the 108th artillery supporting the 101st Airborne. Doug re-introduced me to the beautiful country on my first trip back in 2005.
The thing I love about Doug's book is it's a very personal look at the people and culture of Vietnam that most people do not get to see. Any of us can travel or study a country, but it is almost impossible to really get to know the country in a few weeks or a month. Doug's pictures and writing take the reader inside Viet Nam for a very personal look at a beautiful people and country. I felt myself tearing up as I read the book. Viet Nam has become a place I love and Doug describes this feeling of love so clearly.
Doug is an excellent photographer. His photos help illustrate his story and the beauty of the amazing country. The photos also help describe a warm and friendly people that love westerners.
This book is far different than a veteran's view or a travel guide. It's a look inside a country's soul and a veteran's soul at the same time.
Thomas E. Murray, Ph. D.
University of Central Florida