Troubled Hero

Troubled Hero

A Medal of Honor, Vietnam, and the War at Home
Randy K. Mills
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/21/2006
Format: Hardback 18 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-34795-4
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Born in rural Illinois, Ken Kays was a country boy who flunked out of college and wound up serving as a medic in the Vietnam War. On May 7, 1970, after only 17 days in Vietnam and one day after joining a new platoon, the young medic found himself in a ferocious battle. As a conscientious objector, Kays did not carry any weapons, but his actions during that engagement would earn him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Yet Kays’ valor came during just another unheralded fire fight near the end of a long and seemingly fruitless war. He returned home and, with other vets, struggled to reconcile his anti-war beliefs with what he and others had done in Vietnam. This dramatic and tragic story is a timely reminder of the price of war and the fragile comforts of peace.

Author Bio

Randy K. Mills is Professor of the Social Sciences at Oakland City University and author of Unexpected Journey: A Marine Corps Reserve Company in the Korean War; Those Who Paid the Price: Forgotten Voices from the Korean War; and Jonathan Jennings: Indiana’s First Governor. He lives in Oakland City, Indiana.


“This dramatic and tragic story is a timely reminder of the price of war and the fragile comforts of peace.”

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Table of Contents

Introduction: I'd Give My Immortal Soul for That Medal

Part I
1. Down in Egypt
2. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
3. A Party School
4. I Felt I Was Born That Weekend
5. Maybe I Can Help Somebody
Part II
6. My Life Changed Forever
7. They Stood Alone
8. Just a Damn Piece of Metal
9. Back in the World

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