Kerry “Doc” Pardue

Reflections of a Combat Medic

Kerry “Doc” Pardue: Poems in the Keys of Life - Reflections of a Combat MedicI 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.

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Kerry “Doc” PardueKerry “Doc” Pardue grew up in Detroit Michigan, and Sauk Village, Illinois. After high school he obtained an AAS degree in police science from Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia, and a BA degree in political science from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. He resides in Chandler, Arizona, with his wife Stephanie. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren. He is a 100% disabled.