Call Sign "Dracula" provides an outstanding, valuable and worthy in-depth look into the life of a US Army Infantry soldier serving with the famed 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) in Vietnam. It is a genuine, firsthand account of a one-year tour that shows how a soldier grew and matured from an awkward, bewildered, inexperienced, eighteen year-old country "bumpkin" from Kentucky, to a tough, battle hardened, fighting soldier.
You will laugh, cry and stand in awe at the true life experiences shared in this memoir. The awfulness of battle, fear beyond description, the sorrow and anguish of losing friends, extreme weariness, the dealing with the scalding sun, torrential rain, cold, heat, humidity, insects and the daily effort just to maintain sanity were struggles faced virtually every day. And yet, there were the good times. There was the coming together to laugh, joke, and share stories from home. There was the warmth and compassion shown by men to each other in such an unreal environment. You will see where color, race or where you were from had no bearing on the tight-knit group of young men that was formed from the necessity to survive. What a "bunch" they were!
Then the return to home and all the adjustments and struggles to once again fit into a world that was now strange and uncomfortable.
Call Sign "Dracula" is an excellent and genuine memoir of an infantry soldier in the Vietnam War.
Joe graduated from Adair County High School, Columbia, KY in May 1968 and entered the US Army in September 1968. Joe served a tour of duty in Vietnam from April 1969 to March 1970 and returned to the US at Fort Meade, Maryland. He left the US Army in June 1971. He joined the Ingersoll Rand Company in September 1971 and remained with the company until May 2011. He was also a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard and served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and retired May '1997 as a 1SG
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