Youth: Unanswered Questions

Life was never dull for Dwight Hall Owen Jr. By the time he was a sophomore at Stanford University, gangling (6 ft. 4½ in.), energetic "Dee" Owen had fought forest fires in the West, mined gold in Honduras, motor-scoot-ered through Europe, and worked his way to Viet Nam. There, as a free lance newspaper correspondent, he be came something of a hero by shooting it out with the Viet Cong when the 1st Infantry patrol he was accompanying was ambushed north of Saigon (TIME, Dec. 17, 1965).

Owen was so fascinated by the military and civil war for South Viet...

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