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RANDY PATRICK/The Kentucky Standard
Kent Bischoff looks at a photograph of members of the C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery of the Kentucky Army National Guard, in which he served in Vietnam. He and his fellow Guardsmen are subjects of the book, “Sons of Bardstown,” by Jim Wilson.
‘Sons of Bardstown’

Kent Bischoff and Tom Raisor were neighbors in 1968, Nelson County farm boys who, like most young men, hoped to avoid going to war.

It was a troubled time. Vietnam was heating up as a result of the Communists’ Tet Offensive, and back home there was revolution in the air. Anti-war protests became more militant. Cities burned after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. But except for the nightly news coverage, Bardstown was mostly insulated from the turmoil.