The Works of Joe Campolo Jr.


The sun has set on our campground season, we enjoyed it very much.




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Welcome to Joe’s website!

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Thanks for stopping by, please enjoy all of the features on my website. There should be something of interest for everyone.

Joe’s website will be updated weekly with new photos and quotes from him and others.

New blogs will be added as often as every three to four weeks. The blogs are very popular and Joe will not dilute them with substandard material.


Nature photos and Life as a Human updates will be added every few weeks.

Event updates will be added as they come in.


Joe’s books remain very popular, the movie project for The Kansas NCO is still in play.


Send all comments, suggestions through the contact page.






I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, This is what it is to be happy.

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar






Joe’s Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze

service stars




Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.

Brian Jacques, Taggerung






If you love any living thing, you also love nature.




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                  Short Description of Website Menu

*Author Page: (this page) Introduction to website & info on Joe

*Books Page: Detailed information on Joe’s published books, and how to purchase

*Event Page: Information on both past and upcoming scheduled events

*Photo’s & Press Clippings: Various photos of Joe, including book events, as well as press  clippings on his writing activities along with information on his TV and radio appearances

*Public Speaker: Information on Joe’s public speaking topics, along with some photos of past public speaking events

*Links: A list of links on Joe, and other useful links for various activities and websites

*Blog: The most popular category on the website, Blog articles by Joe and his guest writers. A drop down menu on the blog page lists the blogs by category

*Artwork of the Vietnam War: A collection of artwork on the Vietnam War by various artists

*Joe’s Photos: A collection of nature photos which Joe has taken over the years

*Life as a Human: Humorous observations which Joe has accumulated throughout the course of his life

*Contact Page: A place to leave Joe a note, on your way out.


There is also a “Search” icon in the header of the website




Take some time and enjoy Joe’s website

On his books page you will find information about his four award winning books, along with reviews. Check out his event schedule and see if there are any you may wish to attend. Enjoy some of his photos and check out his public speaking page. You will probably find some of Joe’s links interesting as well. Joe’s blogs are very popular, stop and and check out the many interesting stories. 

Please note: You are welcome to share Joe’s blogs… in their entirety, with citation crediting Joe and his guest writers, if applicable, for the work. Thanks


Joe Campolo Jr. is an award winning author, poet and public speaker. He is known for his award winning books The Kansas NCO,  Back to the World, Three Wars, and his most recent publication On War, Fishing and Philosophy.  A United States Air Force Vietnam War veteran, Joe belongs to the VFW, The American Legion, the Kenosha Area Vietnam Vets (KAVV), and Vietnam Vets of America (VVA).

Joe started writing at an early age, penning fantasies inspired by Jack O Brien, Twain, and others. He wrote several articles for military newspapers while serving in the Air Force. Joe holds an Associate Degree in Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in business with a minor in history. Joe had a rewarding career in engineering and procurement, traveling the world on many interesting projects, writing many papers and articles for company reports and news letters.

Joe’s interests are very diverse; he played two musical instruments in his youth and holds a yellow belt in Taekwondo.






As we watch the geese travel south, we are a bit saddened, however we will enjoy the new season and look forward to their return.




At the encouragement of his late mother, Joe started writing books and short stories. His short stories, often humorous, cover many topics and many are on this blog.


Other Publications that feature Joe’s writing:

Military Writer’s Society of America (MWSA)

Kenosha News

Our Wisconsin Magazine

Happenings Magazine Smart Reader

Benker Needham Gazette


As a Veteran mentor, Joe recently completed one year of service on a local Veteran’s Drug Treatment Court.

Joe is a member of several Veteran’s Facebook groups, and busy though he is, serves as an administrator on two of them.




Joe’s Books

Joe’s first published book The Kansas NCO is a historical novel about a black market operation during the Vietnam War. The award winning book was hugely popular and, at the request of his readers, he wrote his second published book Back To The World, the sequel to The Kansas NCO. Back To The World has been extremely popular also, Three Wars is also very popular. Three Wars is a prequel that takes us back to World War Two, and some are saying it’s Joe’s best book. Joe’s latest book On War, Fishing and Philosophy is a cocktail table book, which has already earned kudos from many readers and book venues. See his book page for more details.











NOW RELEASED: Stories From Grandpa Joe.

Last year Joe was gifted a Storyworth subscription where he added a short story with photos, every week based upon questions provided by the host. The book is now available for order, if anyone would like one, send Joe a message through the contact page.




Sadly Ann, Joe’s wife of forty years, passed away this year.  Joe and Ann raised two children and have two grandchildren. Joe enjoys traveling, fishing, spending time with his family and writing.




All three books of The Kansas NCO Trilogy have caught the attention of film producers and may hit the big screen at some point in the future. Grab a copy now!




The Authors' Zone 2016 award winnerWhere to Purchase the Kansas NCO Trilogy Books

Joe’s books can be purchased on Amazon and many other on-line book sellers. For an autographed copy, contact Joe via email through the contact page or through Facebook. Pick up a copy of Joe’s books and find out why so many people are talking about them.

Purchase Joe Campolo’s books on Amazon

Joe’s fourth book looks to be another winner!

Joe’s website averages fifty thousand hits a month; if you have a worthy cause (not for profit) and would like your link on Joe’s website, send an email through the contact page, (thank you for all of the amazing emails he has received). 

If you have a comment or question for me, send an email through the contact page. You can also comment on individual blog stories through the individual blog page.

Thanks for visiting my website.   ~ Joe

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