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Published: March 10th 2008
Founder of the Boy Scout Movement in the world. One of the three most admired men of Winston Churchill.
When Loannie heard I was going to Danang she said: "Good, I want you to lookup my friend Professor Hung." She said he was a Scout. I told her I was an Eagle Scout and she was ecstatic. So, I wasn't in Danang long when I got a message on my phone: "Meet me for dinner a 6:00PM at my house."
It was a long journey to the Professors house as Danang is a huge city. I am just getting to know Danang and I have been here three times.
I wondered if I was at the right place because his "house" looked like a restaurant to me. Indeed it was, like a lot of Vietnamese they run a business out of their house frntage and live in the back.
What I stepped into was something that would have sent shivers of excitement to Charles Sherman in Larned Kansas. Charles is a former Scout Leader amd Curator of the Central Scout Museum in Larned Kansas, probably the largest collection of Scout memorabilia in the United States.
Professor Hung's living room was all scouting. Even his motorbikes sported the scout insignia. I felt like a pretty puny Eagle
Scout in his presence.
He asked me what my scout name was. I had no idea, if I had ever had one I sure forgot. He said his was a bear. All his family are bears he said with pride.
If you lookup "scouting in Vietnam" on the internet you will read that scouting is a clandestine operation in Vietnam. It is illegal but yet operates openly. I get a funny feeling the Cong An (Police) will bust in at any time. Then I look at the photos and see that they aren't operating out of caves. Go figure.
Professor hung is a fifty's athletic looking man with a physic of someone around 30. He teaches Taekwondo at every level.
He lives and breaths scouting. His whole family is into scouting. The most important part of the scout oath is Professor Hung is: "On my honor I will do my duty to God....
We had a wonderful meal which included traditional Vietnamese fare but also a hamburger his wife brought me from her restaurant. It was a no cloistral hamburger without any meat. It had some crunchy stuff inside. It was delicious.
Where he got his Scout Bear name
me a scout program book for the Central States Scout Museum. I ask for some other memorabilia but he said he didn't believe in it. I think we lost something in the traslation but that was his answer. Sorry Charles.
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