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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mike D. Shepherd  

Pen Name: Mike Shepherd

Genre: Fiction Fiction

Born: Keokuk, Iowa

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Shepherd lives just outside of Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mike D. Shepherd served as a reporter for Armed Forces Radio with the US Air Force in Vietnam from July of 1967 through August of 1968. He received an award from TIME-LIFE Publishing for meritorious reporting at the Siege of Khe Sanh. Shepherd's harrowing account of the battle and 77-day siege of the Khe Sanh Combat Base in 1968 during the Vietnam War was the cover story of August 2013 issue of Vietnam magazine - “Hunkering Down in a Place Called Khe Sanh”. Mike was one of the first to file reports from Khe Sanh, which turned into one of the bloodiest battles of the war, and perhaps the most controversial. The siege of Khe Sanh saw American and South Vietnamese forces suffer 703 killed, 2,642 wounded, and 7 missing.Mike served as a combat reporter with the Seventh Air Force Combat News Unit in Da Nang with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam from July of 1967 through August of 1968. He received an award from TIME-LIFE Publishing for meritorious reporting at the Siege of Khe Sanh. Other articles published in Vietnam magazine include: “Rescue at Kham Duc” in June 2014 issueand the cover story, “A Valley Soaked in Rain & Blood” in the October 2015 issue which is available online at [http://www.historynet.com/a-valley-soaked-in-rain-blood.htm HistoryNet’s website]. The online version of the article provides a link to recordings of the author’s radio interviews with members of the 1st Cavalry Division, who are featured in Mike’s story about the A Shau Valley battleground in South Vietnam. Shepherd worked in public relations and is retired from the State of Illinois.


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Titles At Your Library

LIKE ANOTHER LIFETIME, IN ANOTHER WORLD
ISBN: 0595230504

iUniverse. 2002

This is the story of Mick Scott, some which is based on the author's Vietnam wartime experiences. After graduating from Armed Forces Journalism and Defense Information School in 1967, he is sent there as a reporter for Armed Forces Radio. On the way he is ordered to report to US Intelligence in San Francisco where he is recruited for a special assignment. It entails finding a Saigon street kid who is the long-lost son of a top North Vietnamese Communist official

perhaps Ho Chi Minh himself. Once found, intelligence hopes to use the kid as a pawn in peace negotiations. Meanwhile, Scott travels throughout Vietnam as a reporter, which provides a vehicle to impart what is happening in arguably the most pivotal year of the war

1967-68, with the Tet Ofensive as the catalytic episode. As the story progresses, he crosses paths with a double-agent, and the infamous Panther Lady who is riding around Saigon on a motorbike gunning down GIs. Along with them, the kid intelligence wants him to find, and his drinking buddy Bobby, Scott becomes entangled in a sticky web of intrigue and deceit.

Days of Rage
ISBN: 0595425720

iUniverse, Inc.. 2007

Days of Rage is the story of Mick Scott who, after returning home from the Vietnam War in 1968, attends school on the G.I. Bill at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. There he makes the acquaintance of David Gordon, the director of the controversial Vietnamese Studies Center

controversial because it is rumored to be affiliated with the CIA.

Scott soon concludes it is no rumor when Gordon recruits him to infiltrate the local Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in an effort to uncover a spy that has infiltrated the Center. As Gordon suspects, it is someone who is affiliated in some way (directly or indirectly) with the SDS.

The Legend of Lovea Duval
ISBN: 1450200567

iUniverse. 2010

As a freelance CIA operative, Mick Scott was no stranger to danger. He had infiltrated the violent Weather Underground, and now he was assigned to pose as a Russian correspondent for Radio Moscow while actually reporting on the atrocities of Pol Pot in Cambodia for Voice of America.

In the process, he helped to liberate a young French/Cambodian woman named Lovea Duval, who in the midst of Pol Pot's murderous rampage, emerged as the leader of a counterinsurgency known as the People's Republican Army (PRA).

Utilizing guerrilla warfare, the PRA (also known as the "War Wolves") pursued Pol Pot's Communist army, the Khmer Rouge, across northern Cambodia from Thailand to Vietnam. Eventually becoming allied with invading Vietnamese forces who deposed Pol Pot, the PRA evolved into the People's Republican Party, and Duval was considered to be a prime candidate to represent Cambodia in a coalition government. But the Khmer Rouge, who remained active despite being on the run, had other plans for Duval.

From Ban Xon to Wardak
ISBN: 1475979827

iUniverse. 2013

Tavang Sing, the son of a CIA mercenary and a woman who lived in the Hmong village of Ban Xon in Laos, was born after his father was captured by the Pathet Lao in that country's civil war in the 1960's. After his birth his mother took him to Chicago, where as a teenager he became involved with a street gang. But, with the help of a stranger, who turns out to be his long lost father, Tavang left the gang. He then graduated from high school and Northwestern University, and joined the Peace Corps in Laos. Upon his return, he graduated from the University of Chicago School of Law. He then became a lawyer, and eventually a politician. After the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, Tavang joined the military to exact revenge on Osama bin Laden, one of the masterminds of 9/11.

Collage
ISBN: 1491769947

iUniverse. 2015

Collage is collection of short stories, poems, and prose about my life experiences and members of my family.


Awards

-- TIME-LIFE Publishing award for meritorious reporting at the Siege of Khe Sanh