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Kerry "Doc" Pardue

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Kerry “Doc” Pardue, USA “served as a medic with three units in Vietnam: The 755th Medical Detachment in Plieku; 8th Medical Detachment in Ban Me Thout; and, Scouts (Recon), 2/47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division in Bihn Phouc in the Delta.  His tour of duty in Vietnam was from March 1968 to March 1969. Kerry “Doc” Pardue is the author of Poems in the Keys of Life: Reflections of a Combat Medic.

According to the book description of Poems in the Keys of Life: Reflections of a Combat Medic, “I have been many things over the past 57 years of my life. I have been a brother, son, friend, husband, father, soldier, medic, police officer, detective, letter carrier, college recruiter, grandfather, and now, poet. These poems are a reflective journey to find healing after the war in Vietnam. Thirty-five years ago I was a combat medic. When I came home, I was determined to put Vietnam behind me. Somehow, deep within my heart, soul, and spirit, Vietnam was a part of who and what I became. Finally, my journey to healing began, and these poems are the result of that journey, 35 years later. They will make you cry, laugh, and appreciate friendships. They are my road map to a place I call home. I only hope that other soldiers, medics, nurses, and doctors will be able to find a way to their home. So grab a beverage and curl up and join with me on the journey together as we find peace, hope, friendships, love and yes, even healing.”


Poems in the Keys of Life: Reflections of a Combat Medic
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One reader of Poems in the Keys of Life: Reflections of a Combat Medic said, “I truly loved this collection of poems. Doc Pardue has a way to tell a story thru his poetry. It is an important story that needs to be told. His poetry is clear and heart-felt. I would rate him as one of greatest poets of his generation, his poetry is profound and reaches out to others who served as a caregivers. His book needs to be read and shared. I look forward to reading his next book.”

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