Ron Donahey was born in 1945 in New Mexico. At the age of five, he moved with his family to Southeast Alaska, and at age ten, they moved to Washington state. Ron was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam as a combat medic with the 4th Division. Three days after turning 21, he was in combat for the first time. At the age of 43, after a rewarding carrier in the business arena, he went to college. When completed, he held a Master of Social Work degree and began a second career in mental health therapy. He specialized in the treatment of veterans diagnosed with combat related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He retired in 2004. In 1990, he wrote of his army experience and his manuscript sat on a shelf for the next 28-years, until he was encouraged to submit it to a publisher for review.




Vietnam Combat Medic

One man’s view into life in the 60s…

The 1940s and 50s birthed many new things – including Ron Donahey, a boy raised in a family not quite poor and not quite middle-class. He and his sister were loved and protected by their parents and their tight-knit extended family, and grew to love God with the help of their mother and the church they attended every week.

So when the time came to register for the draft, 20-year-old Ron was already determined to never take a life. Yet, being a soldier was something he looked forward to. The was only one choice he could make: become a combat medic and ship out to Vietnam. 

Vietnam Combat Medic is the true story of one conscientious objector’s journey through the central highlands, everything that brought him to that point, and how it changed his life forever.

Paperback | ISBN 978-1-947309-72-2 | 204 pages
Biography & Autobiography / Military
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs