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Joe Fair
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I want to thank everyone for your support of Call Sign Dracula. It is not a New York Times Bestseller but it sure is an honor seeing all the names and stories in print. Getting our stories out there for others to read is instrumental in helping the younger generations to understand more about the war and what we went through. We were not warmongers, potheads and rapist as so many movies have depicted us to be. We were some of America's finest.

Thanks again,

Joe Fair
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970
Eddie Oliver
Reply with quote  #27 
Just got around to ordering mine a few days ago. I hope I will be able to read it without it bringing back to many bad memories. Another reason I ordered it is so my children can read it and get an insight as what I went to. That is if they have the desire.

Eddie (Andy)  Co C 1/2 68-69
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #28 
Andy

I do hope the book can help bring you some closure for events that were lived through and have remained in mind all these years. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of Vietnam. There were tough, bad times but also some darn good times with fellow soldiers. Writing the book and meeting some of the guys have been most rewarding for me and has allowed me to understand more, accept the bad somewhat better and rejoice in knowing I served and also served with some great men. My, what a bunch we were! Perhaps the book will also be such an aid for you.

Thank you for your service. Thank you for supporting Call Sign Dracula.

Take care, stay safe and keep in touch.

Joe Fair
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970
Eddie oliver
Reply with quote  #29 
I have just finished reading Call Sing Dracula and I must say it is a very good read. Joe did and excellent job recalling all his experiences while in country. I guess I could relate to them more than some others since I served with Co. C 1/2 1 Inf. Div. from 6/68 - 3/69. I can't remember many of the details of my tour but will never the young men that I so proudly served with. I guess it is because I have spent all these years trying to forget. I am in touch with Slick Dennery and Mike Ogden and cherish there friendship more they will ever know. I wish I could get in touch with more.  Again thanks Joe and hope you great success with you book.

Eddie (Andy) Oliver
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #30 
Eddie

Thank you very much. There were times it was very difficult to write about the men I served with and our stories but I am so thankful to see it in print for others to read and get a feel for what we went through.

Thanks again.

Joe Fair
A 1/2
Apr 1969 to Mar 1970
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #31 
If you know of a Vietnam Vet that is down on his/her luck please let me know and I will mail them a free signed copy of my book, Call Sign Dracula. It is  just a very small token but perhaps it will add a bit of happiness and let them know someone is thinking of them.

Joe Fair
A 1/2
Apr '69 to Mar '70
curtis parker
Reply with quote  #32 
Hi Joe, I purchased your book while at the Reunion in Pigeon Forge in May this year (2014). It is good reading, straight to the Point.  I can probably say for alot of Vietnam combat Veterans that your book is easy to relate to, especially if you were assigned to the First Infantry Division "BIG RED ONE". Great Job. Are you going to furnish a copy of your book to the First Division Museum?


Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Infantry, 3rd Platoon, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968



PS: I still hate Song Be more than other BIG RED ONE AO...even the Iron Triangle and Claymore Corners felt better to me...........NOLI ME TANGERE

PS 2. I remember being given the M60 machinegun to hump when I first joined my squad in the field.  My squad leader Sergeant Ron Cron said Parker you remind me of (The guy who had just left); that M60 kicked my ass in the bush, ha, ha, ha...I was happy when I became the Thump gunner (M79 Grenade Launcher);but after the battle on 3 April 1968 I was more than happy to carry a M16 Rifle again, but even more happier to become the 50 Caliber Machinegunner to really bust "Charlies Ass":::::
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #33 
The First Division Museum of Cantigny have copies of my book, Call Sign Dracula. I also gave a copy to Buddy Wallace for the office of the Society of the First Infantry Division. I had the honor of giving Major General Mark Funk, First Infantry Division Commander a copy and a copy to Mr. Dellinger, American Legion National Commander. It was nice meeting these two.

Things are going well for the book. It is not a New York Times Bestseller and I never expected it to be but it sure is nice to see the names and stories in print and to honor our fallen comrades. The great reviews for the book from Vietnam Vets are so moving and mean everything to me.

I again want to reach out to any Vietnam Veteran who is struggling to make ends meet. I will be honored to give them a signed copy of Call Sign Dracula free of charge. It is a small token but may provide some comfort. I just need a name and address.

Ya'll take care, stay safe and keep in touch.

Joe Fair 1SG Retired
A 1/2
Apr '69 to Mar '70


Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #34 
I want to thank everyone for your support of my book, Call Sign Dracula.  It continues to rank in the top 100 best Vietnam Veteran's book on Amazon.com. Your support has made it all possible. The publisher tells me it will be available as a electronic (Kindle) book at Amazon.com in the next few weeks.

Thank you.

Joe Fair 1SG Retired
A 1/2
Apr 1969 to Mar 1970
ronziegler
Reply with quote  #35 
JOE:    I also picked up a copy at Pigeon Forge this year and had the pleasure of meeting Curtis Parker in person and agree with him A GOOD READ...ronZ HHC 2/2 recon feb 68 feb 69 (29er62)
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #36 
Ron

I am most thankful that you enjoyed the book and found it of value. Hearing it from a fellow Vietnam veteran means everything to me. Seeing the guy's names and our stories in print for others to read is most rewarding.

Thank you for your kind words.

Joe Fair 1SG Retired
A 1/2
Apr '69 to Mar '70
Curtis Parker
Reply with quote  #37 
Ron it was an honor and my great pleasure to have also met you at the reuinion in Pigeon Forge and I happily take this moment to give you a SALUTE::::RAM RODS SIR!!!!!!!!NOLI ME TANGERE:::SCOUTS OUT!
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #38 
As the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays fast approach, I think of many veterans who struggle to make ends meet. I want to offer a small token that may help bring some cheer to these veterans. If you know of a veteran in need please let me send you a free, signed copy of Call Sign Dracula to give to them.

I know it is not much, but perhaps it may be a small blessing to them. It is a huge blessing for me.

Joe Fair
A 1/2
Apr '69 to Mar '70 
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #39 
I just want to say thanks. I have mailed six signed copies of Call Sign Dracula to some needy Veterans free of charge. I have a request to send two more as soon as I get the mailing addresses. I hope the book brings some cheer to these Vets. I know it is not much. It sure is a blessing for me. Again, I invite you to let me know if you know of a Veteran who is down on his/her luck and you think they would enjoy a small gift.

Have a great Thanksgiving.


Joe Fair
A 1/2
Apr '69 to Mar '70
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #40 
"Call Sign Dracula" by Joe Fair tells the story of a young, scared teenage 'country bumpkin' as he refers to himself, who becomes a soldier and then travels half way around the world to fight in Vietnam - an unpopular war. As a youngster, he had secretly hoped to one day be a part of the Big Red One, a well known and brave group, and gets what he wished for. Joe is assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment - the Black Scarves who operate in III and IV Corps between Saigon and the Cambodian border.

The author uses a unique style in this book where each chapter is a summary of events that occurs during a specific month in his tour of duty - much like a journal. Mr. Fair also pays homage to those troops he served with while in Vietnam, listing them by name as they come into and leave his life - providing a description of the person when the name is either unknown or forgotten.

Readers will follow the author during his acclimation to war and witness his transition from a scared, naive and inexperienced eighteen year old soldier into a skilled, savvy leader within the course of a year. The author shares his memories, both good and bad. I sometimes found myself laughing out loud at some of the antics he and his fellow soldiers pulled. Joe doesn't pull any punches and tells it like it was...when friends die, it is very hard to keep a stiff upper lip and continue to function as if nothing happened. He also shows us that the military has both good and bad leaders within its ranks, errors in judgement often resulted in the death of many innocent people.

I was in Vietnam a year after the author and assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, our area of operations was shared with the Big Red One and I remember humping through many of the same areas that are mentioned in Joe's memoirs. The life of a grunt is difficult, indeed, "Call Sign Dracula" will educate civilians - infantry veterans will relate. Great job Mr. Fair! Thank you for your service and Welcome Home!

John Podlaski, author
Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #41 
Here we have an author who is a true grunt – a machine-gunner by trade. He is not a journalist or a veteran aspiring to be a writer. He is an infantryman, describing with good humor and sound character the high and low moments of months in the bush (jungle), of terrifying ambushes, ravenous leeches and rotting bodies (some dead, others simply stinking after weeks of ceaseless “movement to contact,” marked by a skirmish a day, until few of your friends are left and you’ve moved beyond wondering if you’ll make it to the end of your 300-day tour. By using simple prose and by making no effort to politicize or philosophize, Joe Fair has written a splendid narrative of a grunt’s journey through the bush. – Bing West, author of The Village, No True Glory and The Wrong War.

The book was released one year ago by Sunbury Press Inc.
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #42 
Hi Folks,
 
Today marks the one year anniversary for the release of Call Sign Dracula from Sunbury Press.
 
I just want to take a moment and say thank you all for your help and support. 1,000's of readers have been able to learn about Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, (The Black Scarves- Call Sign Dracula), 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. To see our names and stories in print is very moving. What a bunch we were!  During my tour there were eighteen guys killed and I am honored to list their names in the book.
 
 When I fully retired my daughter asked me to write about my experiences in Vietnam. I asked her why and she replied, "Dad, you never told us anything about Vietnam and it is most important for us to know what you and the guys went through so that we can pass it down to our children and future generations. We were here when you served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and kept up with what was going on."  A journal became a published book. Wow... I am stilled awed that it happened.
 
If you have read the book, you will readily see that I am not an experienced, skilled or polished writer so I wrote from my heart and soul. The book is not a New York Times' Bestseller and I never expected it to be but I am very proud of it.
 
Again, I want to say thank you, thank you for all your help and support in making it all happen.
 
Noli Me Tangere
 
Take care, stay safe and keep in touch.
 
Joe Fair 
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #43 
Some of you have asked if I will have copies of "Call Sign Dracula" at the reunion in May in Pigeon Forge, TN. I sure will and look forward seeing everyone.

Ya'll take care, stay safe and keep ion touch.

Joe Fair
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970
nancy deinse griffin
Reply with quote  #44 
MR. JOE
 
      in your book does it have anythang in it on Co.D. 1/2.black scarf's.my uncle was in this unit as a gunner his unit was ambushed on march 8 1969,he was kia.i have been looking for info on him and his unit..thanks so much.nancy deise grissom griffin
my e-mail.. moma.d1968@yahoo.com  
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #45 
Mrs. Griffin

I am so sorry but my book is about Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment as that is the unit I served. I also included the time I spent with Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion and the 1st Brigade.

I did know a few guys from Delta Company. 

Best to you and family.

Joe Fair
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #46 
I had a great time at the Society of the First Infantry Division Reunion in Lombard, Il. I want to thank everyone for your support of my book, Call Sign Dracula. Today it once again made the "Top 100 Vietnam War books" on Amazon.com. You folks are just great!

I have been very fortunate and blessed and have been able to give several hundred books to Veterans, libraries, VFW and American Legion Post, etc, to keep our stories alive and out in the public. As we grow older and the Vietnam War gets farther and farther from our memories it is most important that todays' generation read and understand what we went through and to honor all who served, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart.


Joe Fair 1SG Retired
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #47 
This was a very moving review of my book on Amazon.com. Thank you Doug Beed!

Hooray for Joe, he nailed it. I was in Joe’s company 8 of the same months that Joe was in-country and shared many of the same trials and fun during our tours. I was in Mike platoon and Joe was in Lima which meant that we would fly into the same LZs together as a company but then split up and would start our 15 day search and destroy platoon sized missions with our perspective platoons.
Joe’s book beautifully outlines and illustrates the daily life of a common soldier in the “Big Red One.” Life was hard, monotonous, dangerous and exciting and each day consisted of a different mix of those four elements. Joe’s wonderful stories show how he and each other man adjusted to this dynamic routine. We are presented with accounts that show the soldiers passing through moments that were good and bad, funny and tragic and playful and beaten. This is the strength of his book.
I highly recommend Call Sign Dracula to every person that wants to learn about life in the infantry in the Vietnam war.

Joe Fair (1SG Retired)
A 1/2
Apr '69 to Mar '70
Joe Fair
Reply with quote  #48 
I received a rather harsh note and criticism about my book, Call Sign Dracula.

I was told that if you are going to write about something you need to know the facts. I was told my my error takes away from the validity of the book. I apologize for the error.

I made a mistake (there are probably more than just this one but none were intentional).  On page 151 I had stated that China Beach was at Vung Tau. This is incorrect.  

Again, I am sorry for this error.


Here is what I wrote:

The city of Vung Tau, located on the South China Sea in South Vietnam, was a very popular R&R (Rest & Relaxation) resort for US combat troops. It was called an in-country R&R site. This is where troops got to go to enjoy two to three days of fun in the sun and the use of China Beach. China Beach, I am told, was an absolutely beautiful beach. Years later, there was an American TV show called “China Beach” that told about doctors and nurses during the Vietnam War. I recall watching this show in the late 80’s and early 90’s. How a soldier was selected for this in-country R&R was a mystery to me and many others in our unit. I don’t recall any of us ever going on an in-country R&R. Of course curiosity was killing me, so I asked First Sergeant Cabrera about going to Vung Tau for an in-country rest and relaxation period. I told him I thought I deserved it and would really enjoy it. He told me to get it out of my mind and forget about it because I wasn’t going. I took his word on it and sure enough I didn’t get to go. I still wonder about the selection process.


Larry G
Reply with quote  #49 

Joe,

TSK, TSK, I sure hope that the person who criticized what you stated about China Beach has never once in their life made a mistake. According to this person it destroyed everything valid about your book, really!

It certainly has to be hell to be without fault 100% percent of the time. Don’t you just love perfect people they have such an aura about themselves.

Mother
Reply with quote  #50 
Joe, I heard that there was an in country R & R, for three days, but I never had it offered to me or anyone in the Platoon ?? However, I ran into a Sargent from the 25 th Div, While at Ft Gordon back in '69, he claimed that he was there twice! They were allowed to go for each 6 months in country ..Some people were just lucky I guess ?? Someone once said that " One should not let a few facts stand in the way of a good story". Sounds good to me. Take care Bro. Norm
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