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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mike D. Shepherd  

Pen Name: Mike Shepherd

Genre: C:ADULT 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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Awards

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