Douglas J. Vaughn

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Douglas J. Vaughn graduated with honors from the New York Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.  He is a former United States Marine and Vietnam veteran, having served as a forward observer for artillery, naval gunfire and air strikes.  He spent most of his thirteen-month tour in Vietnam just below the Demilitarized Zone near the Cua Viet River with the 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion where he served with Ron Kovic, the author of “Born on the Fourth of July.

Douglas Vaughn is also a veteran of the New York City Police Department.  While assigned to the 48th Precinct in the South Bronx, he gave technical advice to Paul Newman during the filming of “Fort Apache The Bronx.”  He also worked in the 20th Precinct on Manhattan’s upper West Side and in the Highway Patrol Unit. Douglas Vaughn He spent his final years with the Police Department planning escorts for dignitaries and was forced to retire in his twentieth year due to an injury incurred while escorting former President George H.W. Bush.  He is also one of the 200, or so, officers who has been awarded the Police Combat Cross since its inception in 1934.  This second highest Department award is given for “exemplification of extraordinary bravery in armed combat.”

From The Heights
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Douglas Vaughn is the author of From the Heights.  According to the book description of From the Heights, it “begins in the New York City of the 1930’s and takes the reader to the war in the Pacific and the secret workings of the OSS in Italy and Switzerland during World War II.  It is a story of the privileged that summer in South Hampton and the poor who swim in the Harlem River.  It is a story of social climbing and empire building.  It follows the lives and loves of two generations and delves into the inner workings of the New York City Police Department and battles fought by United States Marines in Vietnam. 

But more than anything else, it is a story of love won and love lost and how pride, prejudice and good intentions can lead to fates and consequences unintended and undreamed of.

Val Greene, a high ranking member of the CIA keeps a secret from his best friend, Danny Blaine, the owner of the largest privately owned real estate company in the world.  The two serve together with the OSS in Northern Italy during World War II and remain lifelong friends.  Val keeps this secret, made reluctantly, but with the best of intentions, for decades.  It changes the course of many lives and will eventually devastate the two friends and reach far into the next generation of Blaines and Greenes.

The truth will finally come out, but no one involved will remain unscarred.  Some will loose everything while others will become rich.  Some will be killed and others will kill.  One will commit acts of cruelty unthinkable to most.  One will put an end to his life and another will go into seclusion.  One will grow up not knowing who he really is.  And, the most confident one of all will enter a world of unreality, never to return.”

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