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Joe Fair
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Dear Friends and Fellow Veterans
My book, Call Sign Dracula, has been released by Sunbury Press and is now available through Amazon.com. at http://www.amazon.com  Sunbury Press at http://www.sunburypress.com or my web site at http://www.callsigndracula.com .   It may take two to three weeks to get your book if you order from my web site as Sunbury is filling orders through Amazon.com first. I served with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam from April 1969 to March 1970. I feel this is the best way I can recognize and honor all the great men I served with, especially the eighteen who were killed in action. Portions of the proceeds from book sales will go to a worthy Veteran organization such as The Wounded Warrior Foundation or Gary Sinise Foundation. (No Mission Too Difficult, No Sacrifice Too Great, Duty First) (Noli Me Tangere)
Thanks to All
Joe Fair 1SG Retired

Dracula Switch
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           Just order you book, can't wait to read it.

           Dracula Switch 
           HHC,1bn,2ndInf 66 67
           Commo
 

Joe Fair
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Dracula Switch

Thanks a ton. I hope you enjoy the book. Please let me know what you think.

Joe Fair
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970
Larry G
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I had the honor of reading an advanced copy of Joe's book and I can attest here and now that for a first time effort he did a super terrific job.  It is well worth reading and as historian of the 2nd Infantry Regiment it has a place right up there with all the other volumes about our beloved regiment.

Way to go Joe!

Larry Grzywinski 
DL Sentelle
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                   Congrads Joe
                                      I look forward to reading your book, As with so many books you only get half truths , But we all know for a fact yours will be nothing but the truth.



DLSentelle
HHC 2/2
1964-1966
Joe Fair
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Larry- thanks for your most kind words. You are amazing with your knowledge of the 2nd Infantry Regiment's history.

DL Sentelle- I do hope you find the book a good read, interesting and of some value. Without the help of many, many people it could not have happened. I am so thankful to know so many fine people.

I want to let all of you know that if there is a Vietnam Veteran that you know who would like a copy of the book but is struggling financially to make ends meet and perhaps can't afford to buy a book at this time, please let me know. I would be honored to get them a book at no cost to them.

Joe Fair 1SG Retired
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970
Joe Fair
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I sure appreciate it very much if you elect to purchase the book. If you do read the book I am asking that you go on line at Amazon.com and at Sunbury Press and write a short review of what you think about the book. This will help emensely in helping others to decide if they want to read Call Sign Dracula or not.
Many thanks.
Joe Fair
A1/2
April 1969 to March 1970
Tom Copeland
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Joe,

I was waiting for the Kindle edition but after talking to Larry yesterday I think my wait is over. Looking forward to chatting with you in Pigeon Forge. Maybe I can purchase a signed copy from you while we are there.
Tom
Joe Fair
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Tom
Sunbury Press tells me the e-book version will probably be released later this year. I will bring books to he reunion. Thanks a ton.

Joe Fair
Mike Ogden
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 Joe I have my copy on your book on order, I'm sure it's a Great Read, will let you know when I've finished reading it, God Bless and Welcome Home.   Mike Ogden 1/2 BRO '68'-'69'
Luther Patton
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Well Joe,
 Congratulations on your new book.[thumb][thumb]
I don't know if you made any changes on the draft that you sent to me.  It is a very good read and accurate, and that's what counts Brother. You did good.  I salute and honor your Brother's that were killed in Viet Nam.  I know its not easy at times when we think  about them.  I guess I could say I think about my Brother's that I knew personally, and those that I did not know who Gave Their All......... everyday.
I finished my[comp] memoir's last January it took me almost a year to write them.. Now comes the task of  editing it and add the story about The Black Scarf's.
Now that Spring has arrived here in Oklahoma, I have so many projects that need to get done.  I will buy your book and read it this coming winter. 
Once again Congratulations on your new book. 
Luther Patton
Black Scarf Battalion 1/2
Delta Company, November Platoon RTO
Recon. 29er Platoon, RTO, Point Man.
Nam June 67' June 68'
Joe Fair
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Luther
Thanks a ton. I am not a skilled, experienced and polished writer therefore I wrote from my heart and soul. I told our stories as clear and as accurate as possible based on our memories. It is most gratifying to see the guys names in print. Never will I forget all the guys I had the honor to serve with and I will always honor those killed.

I hope I have answered in a most appropriate and respectful way my Grandson's question:
"Pa, did you kill anybody in Vietnam?"

Joe Fair
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970
Joe Fair
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Mike Ogden
Thanks a ton. I hope you find the book of value.
Please let me know what you think.
Joel Fair
A 1/2
April 1969 To March 1970
Luther Patton
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Hi Joe,
I to wrote mine from my memories.  So glad to get the memoirs on paper before my memory fades away. 
I will never forget my buddies either.  
On another note, my Custom Chopper, The Second Infantry Chopper won another trophy yesterday at Myer Durens' Harley Davidson here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That makes five trophies. The trophies' are dedicated to my Brother's whose names are on the back fender. 
Your welcome Joe.
L. Patton
Black Scarf 1/2
Nam June 67' June 68'
Joe Fair
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Hi Friends

I just wanted you to know that Call Sign Dracula book sales are going well. It is absolutely rewarding to see all the guy's names in print and the many photos of the guys in the book. Were so young!

If you have obtained a book, I would appreciate you going to Amazon.com or Sunbury Press and write a short, honest review after you have read it.  This is most instrumental in helping others potential readers to decide if they want to read the book. I fully understand if you prefer not to do this.

I am excited and energized.

Thanks to everyone.

Joe Fair
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970




Dracula Switch
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Just read your book, great job!! Brought back alot of memories. When is the move coming out.

     Did you ever go to Kokomo In. for Vietnam Veterans, if so I'd like my book signed by you.

     Thanks DraculaSwitch
   
      HHC 1/2 commo
    
       Oct 66-Oct 67
Mike Ogden
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 I received and finished reading your book Joe, I must say it's a very good read, really refreshed my memory bank, want to thank you for working so hard in putting it together, you've definitely got a gift when it come's to remembering all the details and relating it in detail, really brought a lot of emotions to the surface within me, God Bless You Brother and Welcome Home.
E-5 Mike Ogden 1/2 HHC & C Co. BRO '68'-'69'
Joe Fair
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Many of you have asked if I will be at the May 2014 Reunion in Pigeon Forge and if so would I have books there.  

I will be there Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday and I will have books with me.

I sure appreciate all the support you guys are providing.

Joe Fair 1SG Retired

A 1/2

Apr '69 to Mar '70

mike schellenberger
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Joe,  Just finished reading your book.  Brought back lots of memories.  Thanks for making me look good.  Really a good read.  The whole family is waiting to get chance to read.  See you at reunion.   Shelly
Joe Fair
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Fellow Ramrods

What a great time it was at the 2014 2nd Infantry Regiment's Reunion in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Many thanks to those who purchased my book, Call Sign Dracula.  I do hope you find it a good read, interesting and of some value.  We must keep our stories alive and pass them on to future generations.

Thanks to everyone and see you next year.

Joe Fair
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970




Tom Copeland
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I just finished reading Joe's book.  Brought back lots of memories of Nam.

I highly recommend this book for all to read.

Great job Joe.


Tom Copeland
HHC, 2/2, 67-68
Joe Fair
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I just want to say thank you to everyone for all your support and positive reviews with my book, Call Sign Dracula. I have really enjoyed and it has been most rewarding going out and about promoting the book. Keeping our stories alive and on-going is so important. Like my daughter stated, "Dad, we want to know what you and the guys did and be able top pass that on to future generations. Vietnam was so negative at the time but you guys were all heroes who never got the full recognition you earned and deserved." Her words sure moved me.

God bless you guys and again thank you.

Joe Fair
A 1/2
April 1969 to March 1970
Joe Fair
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Call Sign Dracula- My Tour in Vietnam with the Black Scarves April 1969 to March 1970- by Joe Fair

Two Book Reviews from Published Authors

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.

 

"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

 

Thanks again to everyone for all your support. Books are available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Sunbury Press and http://www.callsigndracula.com

Jim Leslie
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Just ordered your book Joe from Amazon.com and it will be here on Monday. Looking forward to reading it. I also bought the book Danger's Dragoons by Col. Haponski at the convention in Califorina. A excellent book to read with allot of great information about both sides....US and NVA. Allot of insight about the battle for the Michelin and Thunder Road(13) from July 1968 to July 1969. The 4th Cavalry 1st Inf. Div. worked with 1/2 and 2/2. I learned allot about the overall battles and how the NVA worked the areas as this was the time I was incountry with 2/2
Joe Fair
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Jim
Thanks a ton. I hope you find Call Sign Dracula a good read and of some value.
Joe Fair
A 1/2
Apr 69 to Mar 70
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