Doug Beed's "Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam" debuts as bestseller

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.— Sunbury Press has released Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam, Doug Beed’s memoir of his service as a grunt in the Black Scarves.

About the Book:
Author Doug Beed relates his memories of the men and missions during his year (1968-69) as a combat soldier with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. After two years of college he couldn’t afford to continue so he was forced to relinquish his student deferment and enter the draft. He tried various strategies to get a non-combat job; nevertheless he ended up in the infantry and was assigned to Vietnam.

The stories in this book depict the year Doug spent in Alpha Company where he spent days on patrols finding and killing North Vietnamese soldiers along the hundreds of miles of trails heading for the Saigon. These stories range from funny to tragic, from uplifting to extremely frustrating and from touching to horrifying. This book gives the reader a sense of life in the infantry in 1968 and 1969.

About the Author:
Doug Beed was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and grew up with an older brother and three younger siblings. His father died in 1964 during his junior year in High School, leaving his mom alone with 5 kids to raise. After graduation he attended a Junior College for two years, working in construction during the summers. As he finished his tenure in the Junior College in January 1968, he knew he didn’t have enough money to continue his schooling. His response was to let his student deferment lapse. He received his notice for a pre-induction physical two days later from the local Draft Board. Beed entered the Army in April 1968 and went through infantry training until late November, when he got his orders to go to Vietnam. He spent months on patrols and ambushes, carrying an M60 machine gun until his company’s mortar platoon was killed. He then finished his tour as a member of the mortar platoon. After the Army he worked in construction until he met his wife and married her. He then finished his Bachelor’s Degree and worked in construction and maintenance until he started teaching in several community colleges. He finished his career as a professor at Hawkeye Community College from which he retired in 2010. He and his wife are now living in retirement in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam
Written by Doug Beed
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″   (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
256 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1620068028
ISBN-13: 978-1620068021
BISAC: History / United States / Vietnam War

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Chasing-Understanding-In…

"Call Sign Dracula" flies to the front… Sunbury's bestellers for March

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Call Sign Dracula: My Tour with the Black Scarves: April 1969 to March 1970, Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir of his service in the Big Red One, ranked #1 due to author activities in Kentucky. Joe has received a lot of publicity for his book, and is preparing for several large reunions.

csd_fcAbout Call Sign Dracula:

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.

Sales at Sunbury Press roared back in March, topping all other non-Christmas months in the history of the company. It was by far the best March on record, and helped the company close a solid first quarter, up 8.5% from 2013.

fs_fcRobert Walton’s novel Fatal Snow debuted at #2, thanks to the First Friday book signing event at the Sunbury Press store and the author’s end cap display of books at his Bob’s Bagels store.

Alan Mindell’s baseball love story, The Closer, held onto #3.

Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last returned to the top 10 at #4 thanks to strong sales across the globe.

Terry Ray’s “The Crossers” series grabbed spots 5 through 8 thanks to author activities. More copies were sold of volume 1 The Man in the Mountain, than the others: volume 2 The Circle, volume 3Crossing the Valley and volume 4 Path to Armageddon. Terry’s science fiction novel about aliens battling over control of Earth, GXM731, finished the top 10.

The Sign of the Eagle by Jess Stephen Hughes, last months #1, slipped to #9.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:
History / Memoir – Call Sign Dracula by Joe Fair
Fiction  – Fatal Snow by Robert Walton
Horror/Mystery – Fatal Snow by Robert Walton
tbd_fcChildren/YA – Dinorific Poetry #1 by Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – What to Do about Mama? by Barbs Matthew & Blank
Metaphysical/Spiritual – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Reference – Education Behind Bars by Christopher Zoukis

The company released seven new titles during the month of March:
The Machine by Horace Taylor, Return to Red Lodge by R. C. Reynolds, Bravo! by Guy Graybill,  Jesus Runs Away by Joe Farrell, Call Sign Dracula by Joe Fair, The Bear by Wnedy Latty and The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag.

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

Joe Fair produces a soldier's memoir of the Black Scarves, of the Big Red One in Vietnam

csd_fcMECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula: My Tour with the Black Scarves April 1969 to March 1970.

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Joseph (Joe) Edmon Fair Jr. was born on September 4, 1950 in Greenwood, Indiana.  His parents had moved from a farming area of South Central Kentucky to the Indianapolis area looking for work.  At nine months old the family moved to Louisville, KY.  Joe attended Brandeis Elementary School and Parkland Junior High School.

At age 12 the family moved back to Adair County, KY where his father once again farmed.  He graduated from Adair County High School 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 married Regnia Gabehart on July 18, 1970.  He left the US Army in June 1971.

Joe joined the Ingersoll Rand Company in September 1971 and remained with the company until May 2011.  He was the Human Resources Manager his last 16 years.  He had two careers going simultaneously as he joined the Kentucky Army National Guard in October 1974 serving with Bravo Battery and the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery and 1319470530278remained with the guard until he retired as a First Sergeant E-8 in May 1997.  He served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Gulf War from December 1990 to April 1991 with the guard unit.

Joe and Regnia have three children and seven grandchildren.  His retirement time is spent enjoying his family (chasing grandchildren), researching and writing about his time in Vietnam, contacting fellow Vietnam soldiers and staying in contact with soldiers he served with in the Kentucky Army National Guard.  He also enjoys playing rhythm guitar and singing in a music group called “Ruff-Cut.”

What Others Are Saying:

“As editor, you must make your own decision, of course.  As a professional novelist and non-fiction writer for over thirty years (Doubleday, St. Martin’s Press, et. al.) I found a straightforward clarity and heart in Joe Fair’s account of his war that hooked me and kept me reading straight through to the end.  If I were writing a war novel and wanted to include excerpts from a soldier’s diary, I would hope to write it exactly as Joe wrote this memoir.  It has the authentic ring of truth—something no amount of polished “professional” writing could hope to improve on.” — Steven Spruill

“Joe Fair’s narrative about his year in Vietnam is well written. He tells it as it was with no embellishments.  In reading it I could picture myself back in signVietnam and what some of my own experiences were. I served with headquarters company of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry which is the sister battalion to the one Joe writes about.  It is only the second book written that shares a personal experience serving with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam.  As the historian for the 2nd Infantry Association, I can attest that Joe’s narrative is a wonderful addition to the long and glorious history of the 2nd Infantry Regiment and is well worth reading. He scored a winner with his story!” — Lawrence R. Grzywinski, Historian, 2nd Infantry Regiment Association, HHC 2/2, RVN 66-67

“Joe Fair’s memoir of his service as an infantryman in Vietnam with the Big Red One is a compelling, authentic, straight forward and gritty account of a year (1969) of that war. Only 18 when he arrived and joined the “Black Scarves” of Company A, 1st Battalion, 2d Infantry, Joe recounts his evolution from a scared newbie to a seasoned soldier and squad leader. The many contacts and casualties are grim reminders that 1969 (well after the Tet Offensive of January, 1968, and the shift to pacification and Vietnamization) was America’s deadliest year of the war. Three things stand out in this frank and balanced account – Joe’s high regard for the men with whom he served; their tremendous competence and dedication to soldiering; and the deep loss they felt as buddies left the battlefield among the dead and wounded. Joe Fair was a modest but excellent soldier, one of thousands who served in Vietnam, and this is an excellent read.” — Paul H. Herbert, Ph.D., Colonel, US Army (Retired), Executive Director, First Division Museum at Cantigny

Call Sign Dracula: My Tour with the Black Scarves April 1969 to March 1970

Authored by Joe Fair

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
220 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063880
ISBN-10: 1620063883
BISAC: History / Military / Vietnam War

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Call-Sign-Dracula-978162…