Kerry “Doc” Pardue


Where are you going little man…?
To school to learn all that I can.

Where are you going young man…?
Off to the war to defend our land.

Where are you going Doc…?
Back to the world, my time is through.

Dad, they tell me in school we lost in Vietnam. Did we?
Yes, we did, my son.
Is that the reason for the faraway look in your eyes?

Why are you running middle-aged man…?
To get away from the pain.

Why are you sitting all alone old man…?
Nowhere else to hide.

Papa, did you go to war in Vietnam?
Yes, came back my reply.

Papa, did we win? What did you do?
Yes and I was a medic I helped my men

Were you brave? Were you ever afraid?
Yes, I was and… I still am.

Papa, dad says you were wounded. Did it hurt a lot?
Not anymore.

Can I see your medals… maybe take them to school?
I want to tell the other kids how proud I am of you

Where are you going old man…?