Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mike D. Shepherd  

Pen Name: Mike Shepherd

Genre: Fiction Historical Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: Keokuk, Iowa

-- Mike D. Shepherd on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

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 [ 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.

Published Works

  • Like Another Lifetime, In Another World, iUniverse, 2002
  • Days of Rage, iUniverse, 2007
  • The Legend of Lovea Duval, iUniverse, 2010
  • From Ban Xon to Wardak, iUniverse, 2013
  • Collage, iUniverse, 2015

Selected Titles At Your Library

Like another lifetime, in another world /
ISBN: 0595230504. OCLC Number:

Writers Club Press,. San Jose :. ©2002.

Days of rage :
ISBN: 0595425720. OCLC Number:

iUniverse,. New York :. ©2007.

The legend of Lovea Duval /
ISBN: 1450200567. OCLC Number:

iUniverse, Inc.,. New York :. 2010.

From Ban Xon to Wardak /
ISBN: 1475979827. OCLC Number:

iUniverse, Inc.,. Bloomington, Ind. :. 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. OCLC Number:

. .

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


TIME-LIFE Publishing award for meritorious reporting at the

Siege of Khe Sanh

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)