Rasky Presents Kerry "Doc" Pardues
Dedication To The Women Who Served In VietNam
I Myself Being A Namvet Am Honored
To Be Able To Display Doc's Words On Our Website
We Are Also Honored To Be Able To Display Bernie "Doc" Duffs Painting
"Last Breath"


Photograph Courtesy Of Thurman P. Woodfork (2001)

Welcome Home My Sisters
Written To Honor The 10th Anniversary Of The Women's Memorial

We Are Standing Here Behind The WALL On The Other Side Of Life
It Has Been A Long Time Since We Have Seen You
We Are Here Today To Say Thank You Once Again
It Is Your Time Today That We Stand Here
Waving, Cheering And So Proud That You Came
The Time Is Short So Some Of Us Have Been Selected To Say What We All Feel
Thank You For Caring And Loving Us
And Most Of All For Just Being There

My Name Is Mike

I Was A Marine
I Stepped On A Mine During Operation Allenbrook
I Lost Both Legs
You Were My Nurse Who Told Me I Was Going Home
You Bathed Me, Kept Me Out Of Pain
You Talked To Me About Beginning Anew
It Was Not Easy But You Gave Me Hope
Today, I Just Retired
I Have Thought Of You Often
I Don't Even Remember Your Name
I Remember Your Face
I Thank You For Being There For Me, Giving Me That Hope

My Name Is Roger

I Was Killed During A Mortar Attack In Plieku
You Worked In Graves Registration
You Made Sure All My Personal Effects Made It Home To My Wife
I Was There At Night When You Cried Over All Of Us
I Know It Is Hard My Sister
Thanks For The Prayer For My Family And Me
Yes, God Does Care And He Remembers You

My Name Is Tan

I Was A Little Child In Ban Me Thout
You Cared For Me And Helped Me
I Have Leprosy
I Was There When They Took You Away In The Middle Of The Night
I Missed Your Singing To Me
You Were My Missionary
My Daughter Has Your Name

My Name Is Tony

My Helicopter Was Shot Down In The Plain Of Reeds
I Was On Your Burn Ward
You Were The Red Cross Worker That Wrote Letters Home For Me
I Told You That I Loved You And You Said All The Guys Said That To You
You Don't Understand I Still Do
It Was Love At First Sight
I Didn't Mean To Die In My Sleep
I Miss Your Smile

My Name Is Wayne

I Was Killed When Our Base Camp Got Overrun At Bihn Phouc
I Remember The Times When You Came To Play Games With Us
You Were Our Donut Dolly
You Took My Mind Off The War
You Made Me Forget
I Was From Indiana
I Told You That You Reminded Me Of My Girlfriend

My Name Is Susan

I Was A Nurse On Operation Baby Lift
We Are Still Caring For The Children
Thank You For Your Help In Getting The Children Out And Caring For Them
I Tried To Save Them
They Took Two Little Ones Out Of My Arms Who Made It
I Am Forever Thankful

My Name Is Johnny

They Called Me 1Lucky1
'Cause You Pointed To Me To Come Dance With You
On Stage Of The Bob Hope Show In Dong Tam
Thanks Ann Margaret
Thanks For Letting Me Be Your Leading Man
I Died During A Firefight In The Delta With The Mobile Riverine Force
Thanks For The Kiss On The Cheek

My Name Is Joe

I Am From Memphis
I Rode On Your Plane Coming Over To The Nam
You Told Me That It Was Okay To Be Scared
You Were Going To Pray For All Of Us
You Took My Last Letter I Wrote To My Mom And Mailed It For Me
I Remember Your Perfume And Your Beautiful Green Eyes
I Was Killed By A Mine That Blew Up My Truck My First Day

My Name Is Sharon

I Am From Ohio
I Was A Nurse At The 312th Evac.
Mom, It's Okay
I Have Missed You All
Thank You For Helping Build The Clinic In Vietnam
The People Are Needy And They Don't Hate Us
I Did The Right Thing And I Am So Proud Of You
Daddy Is Here And He Misses You So Very Much

My Name Is Jimmy

I Was A Medic And Taken As A POW
You Were The Unit Clerk That Typed Up The Letter
The Letter Telling My Parents That I Was Missing In Action
You Told Them That All That Could Be Done Was Being Done
I Died 12 years Later In Laos
No Medicine
There Were Others
I Know You Think Of All Of Us
But Just Know
That Some Of Us Are Still Alive And Waiting To Be Found
Please Keep Searching

My Name Is Stan

I Flew Phantoms
I Was Shot Down Over Hanoi
You Were The Air Traffic Controller Who Marked My Location
You Sent In The Teams To Get Me Out
But The NVA Shot And Killed Me
It Is Not Your Fault That I Took The Risk
The Risk Was Worth It

Hello Dusty My Name Is David

I Never Got To Tell You Thanks For Being There For Me
For Holding My Hand And Telling Me That I Was Going To Be Okay
Thanks For Writing The Letter To My Mom
She Told Me She So Appreciated It When She Got Up Here Last Year
Dusty I Thank You For Staying With Me When I Passed Over
It Is So Beautiful Here
I Will Be There For You When It Is Your Time To Come
I Will Call Your Name And I Will Hold Your Hand
I Love You

So To Our Sisters, One And All
You All Did A Job Well Done
Please Be Easy On Yourselves
Do You Realize How Many Of Us You Saved?
Do You Realize How Many Of Us Still Have Legs And Arms?
That Should Have Been Removed
You Helped Ease Our Pain
You Took Our Minds Off The War
Do You Realize That You Are The Best
We Appreciate All That You Did
We Love You So Very Much
I Thank You


"Welcome Home My Sisters"
Used With Permission
CopyRight © 2001-
Kerry "Doc" Pardue

755TH Medical Detachment
170th Assault Helicopter Company

8th Medical Detachment
155th Assault Helicopter Company
Ban Me Thout-Vietnam

HHC, Scouts
2/47 Infantry
9th Infantry Division
Bihn Phouc-Vietnam

Visit The Author Doc Pardue's Rice Patty Stew And Saigon Tea


From One Of Your Guys..

In The Midst Of The 60's
She Found Herself Confused
She Was Challenged To Come See And Do Her Part

So Instead Of Becoming A Part Of The Problem
She Became Part Of The Solution Instead
She Came To Make A Difference

The Odd Thing About The Vietnam War
It Makes No Difference If Your Male Or Female
Soldier Or Civilian It Impacts Your Soul

She Bore The Risks Of Combat
Same As You And Me
She Served Us All With Fidelity

Some Will Say She Didn't Serve
I Will Tell Them That They Are Wrong
She Is As Much A Veteran-As Us All

Raised in Atlanta
With Her Charm And Her Grace
Became A Donut Dollie In A Far Away Place

She Became A Beacon Of Light, She Brought Us Hope
With Her Smile And Round-Eyes
She Took Us To Another Time And Place - Away From The War

She Didn't Carry A Weapon
She Came With Fun And Games - She Did Her Part
More Importantly She Became A Part Of The Soldiers Heart

As I Look Back On Memories Of The Past
I Recall With A Certain Fondness
Her Beauty With A Southern Voice

Thanks For Doing Your Part
You Are Not Forgotten
You Became Part Of Our Heart

The Gal From Georgia, Our Donut Dolly
A Soldier's Friend Indeed

Used With Permission
CopyRight © 2003-
Kerry "Doc" Pardue

Sharon Lane
The All American Girl

She Came To Vietnam Not To Fight Or Warrior To Be
But To Serve A Higher Purpose Across The Sea

She Knew The Hurt, The Pain, The Dying
Sharon Came To Heal Them And To Stop The Crying

With Purpose In Her Steps, She Made Her Rounds
To Give Hope To The Soldier And To Turn His Frown Upside Down

Whether It Be The Boy From Back Home Or The Viet Cong
She Did Her Job With Care
She Knew This Is Where She Belonged

She Was Cut Down In The Middle Of The Night
A Piece Of Flying Metal Took Her Life

She Died Alone
So Far From Home

Her Life Was Taken From Us
Sharon's Presence We Still Miss

Let Us Never Forget That Freedom Has A Cost
Sharon Became Our Hero-Our Hearts Are Empty By Her Loss

Sharon Was The All-American Girl
She Was Perfection In An Imperfect World

"Sharon Lane"
"The All American Girl"
Used With Permission
CopyRight © 2001-
Kerry "Doc" Pardue

The Painting Below Is A CopyRighted Painting By A Friend Of Mine Named
Bernie Duff

Bernie Duff Was A Medic In VietNam
This Painting Touched Me Deeply
I Cried For A While
Wondering How The Nurses Were Able To Handle This Day In And Day Out
12 Hours A Day 6 Days A Week
I Am So Proud Of All Of The Women Who Served Us So Well
The Poems Titled "Last Breath" Are For Them

Doc Pardue

This Painting Is Called "Last Breath"

Visit Bernie Duffs WebSite Paint and Suffering For More Of His Origional Paintings

Permission To Use Granted To Raskys VietNam Memorial By The Artist

The Last Breath

I Am Afraid

Your In The Hospital
It's Okay
I Will Stay Right Here For You

I Don't Hurt Anymore But It Is Hard To Breathe

I Have Given You Something To Take Care Of The Pain

Promise Me You Will Stay Until I Go

Don't Worry…!!
I Am Here Just For You
You Are My Date Tonight

Your Hair Looks Like My Moms When She Pulls Hers Back

I Bet She Is Very Proud Of You

You Smell Just Like The Lemon Trees Back Home

I Am Kathleen But My Friends Call Me Kath

My Name Is Tom But The Guys Call Me Sunshine Cause I Am From Florida
Kath, You Are So Beautiful

You Ain't So Bad Yourself
You Got A Girl Back Home?

No One Special, Just Friends, I Am Only 19
Kath, Does It Hurt To Die?
I Am Seeing A Bright Light
Kath, I Don't Want To Go

Tommy, It's Wonderful Where You Are Going
Tommy, Go In Peace My Friend
I Sure Am Glad I Got To Know You

That's It
Let It All Out
I Am Here For You, Helping You Cross Over
Close Your Eyes And Follow The Light
I Love You Tommy
You Are My SunShine

"The Last Breath"
Used With Permission
CopyRight © 2003-
Kerry "Doc" Pardue

The Last Breath

I Was Your Nurse
You Were My Patient
Thrown Together Half Way Across The Earth
I Am Not Sure You Can Hear Me
You Haven't Got Much Time
I Will Do My Best To Keep You Out Of Pain
I Will Stay With You Holding Your Hand, Until The Last Breath

It Is My Job To Help You On Your Final Journey
Your Hands Seem So Strong For One So Young
Your Hair So Soft And Easy To Touch
Your Breathing Is More Labored

Close Your Eyes, Breathe Deep And Slow
That's It, Let It All Out, The Last Breath
Your Face Relaxes, Your Hands Go Limp
I Was With You At The End Of Your Life
I Touched You, I Held You, I Loved You
I Didn't Even Know Your Name
All I Have Is The Memory Of Your Last Breath

"The Last Breath"
Used With Permission
CopyRight © 2003-
Kerry "Doc" Pardue

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