D. Ralph Young was born in Kentucky in the mid-1920s and grew up on a farm in central Kentucky. He spent his years there before entering World War II and served in the Pacific Theater as a Gunner’s Mate on the USS J. Franklin Bell. After marriage and a college degree from the University of Kentucky, he and his family spent forty or so years in St Louis in between their stints in Thailand, Malaysia, Oman, Iran, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia where he practiced his career as a power engineer. He retired (several times) to Greasy Ridge Road in Central Kentucky, his birthplace, to establish an orchard. Currently, he spends his time traveling back and forth between his homes in SW Ohio and Kentucky with his new wife. This is his life story.