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Veterans, please let us buy your meal on Monday Nov. 12!

Veteran’s Day is is officially observed this year on
Monday, November 12. If you’re a veteran, please let
your server know and Siena Ristorante Toscana
will be honored to pay for your meal!

Veterans Honored this Monday
at Siena Ristorante Toscana

Every year at Siena, we honor the men and women
of our Armed Forces by sharing the story of a
Medal of Honor winner. This year’s story is devoted
to Medal of Honor recipient Michael Kays.


Medal of Honor Recipient Michael Kays

Michael Kays was completely against the war in Vietnam and, like many others during that period in history, fled to Canada to avoid the draft — that is, until he was assured a position as a non-combatant, a medic. Kays was then sent to the infamous 101st Airborne, “The Screaming Eagles”, and was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

By May of 1970, he found himself in the Thua Thien-Hue Province of Vietnam, serving as the combat medic for Delta Company. The Company’s defensive position was assaulted by a heavily armed force of enemy who immediately wounded or killed a number of Kay’s platoon brothers. Disregarding the intense and effective enemy fire, Doc began moving towards their position to assist his fallen friends.

While doing this, Kays was cut down by concentrated enemy fire and explosions, which severed his leg just below the knee.

After having applied a tourniquet to slow the outpouring of blood, Doc set out again to the fire-swept perimeter and administered aid, then dragged himself and his casualty to relative safety. Despite having been blown apart and enduring an unimaginable amount of pain and psychological trauma associated with losing a limb, Doc returned to the perimeter in search of other wounded men in need of his care. Doc found another wounded soldier and then as if by instinct, used his own body to shield his friend from a burst of incoming enemy fire and fragments of exploding grenades. He then dragged and pulled his brother to safety.

Although weakened from the loss of a massive amount of blood, Doc resumed his heroic lifesaving efforts by moving beyond his Company’s perimeter and into enemy-held territory where under threat of imminent execution by dozens of highly trained sappers and infantrymen, he treated yet another wounded soldier, saving his life.

Only after the assault was finally abated and all of his fellow brothers-in-arms were treated and prepped for transport did Doc “Total-Bad-Ass” Kays allow his comrades to treat his life-threatening wounds.

Because of his determination and heroic feats and actions against all odds, Private First Class Kenneth “Doc” Kays was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Image via Wikipedia.

One Comment Post a comment
  1. Roy Klaskin #

    This story is illustrative of many medics in both Army and Marine Corp units who served and saved a great number of their fellow combat countrymen. It should be noted that during WWII the Japanese specifically targeted medics to impact unit morale and produce turmoil on the battlefield.

    November 8, 2012

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