Local author to speak at Hiestand House

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The Hiestand House/Taylor County Museum will host a book signing and lecture by local author and Vietnam veteran Joe Fair on Thursday, May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Fair, author of "Call Sign Dracula," will speak to the group attending and them meet with visitors and sign copies of his book, which will be for sale at the event.

"Call Sign Dracula" provides an in-depth look at the life of a U.S. Army soldier serving with the famed 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam.

Fair's firsthand account illustrates a soldier's life, growing and maturing from an awkward, bewildered and inexperienced 18-year-old from central Kentucky to a tough, battle-hardened fighting soldier. For more information about the book, visit www.callsigndracula.com.

Fair grew up in Louisville before moving to Adair County at 12. He graduated high school in May 1968 and entered the United States Army that September. He served in Vietnam from April 1969 to March 1970, before returning stateside.

Fair worked for Ingersoll Rand from 1971 to 2011 and served in the Kentucky Army National Guard, Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery, from 1974 to 1997, retiring as a First Sergeant E-8. He served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm between December 1990 and April 1991.

Fair and his wife, Regnia, live in Campbellsville.