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My recent interview with Mindy Lawrence for Red Engine Press











With Kenosha Hometown Hero’s Gary and Steve






American Legion Post 21 Chili Cookoff, 2024






Artist Trieu Hai Hoang, who provided the artwork for “On War, Fishing and Philosophy” and much art on the Vietnam War artwork page






Vietnam War Vet, Korean War Vet, Vietnam War Vet, Hero’s Cafe, Oct 2023







Speaking at the Lovell Veteran’s Art Festival, 2023








At the Lovell Federal Health Care Center Creative Arts Festival at the College of Lake County, Illinois, October 2023







Joe, in his new role as an Honor Flight Ambassador.







At the Kenosha Area Vietnam Vets 2023 fundraiser with Bud, Marion and JoAnn. We raised many funds for local charities.






1970, Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam, Hill 151. Hey Joe!













Upon discovery of The Kansas NCO’s hometown, another mystery is solved!







With Steve Tindall at Hospice Alliance Veteran’s Education Day, 2023








At the Books & Bowls event, March 2023







The Kansas NCO is loved by all creatures, great and small. (Credit Donovan Scherer’s Studio Moonfall)






Three Air Force Vietnam War Veterans, Hero’s Cafe, Oct, 2022








Veterans Stand Down, Racine, WI, Oct 2022








Speaking at the Veterans Creative Arts Festival at the James Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Sept 2022







Joe had the honor of being inducted into this group












We are humbled and honored that On War, Fishing and Philosophy has been selected as the 53rd best fishing book of all time, by Bookauthority:




B-29 at the CAF Air Power History tour show in Kenosha, Wi.

Air Power History air show, Kenosha

Air Power History tour air show, Kenosha





Walking stick gifted to me by my friend Jimmy Fox, a 1st Calvary Vietnam War veteran








A fun day at the Kenosha Kingfish ball park with the whole family. We had a great book signing day while there.







JoAnn and I at the Racine Veteran’s Expo







Otto Reetz of Wounded Warriors of Wisconsin United, accepts books donated by Joe for future fundraising events








A book signing at our American Legion Chili cookoff event














With Tom Banner, President of the local Vietnam Veterans of America, at a recent book signing in Racine, Wisconsin

Standing next to my friend’s jeep, “Crazy Buffalo”














Joe’s books have escaped the book banners (thus far)




















Veteran’s Radio recently featured Dwight Zimmerman from the Military Writer’s Society of America. (MWSA)  Dwight selected my book “On War, Fishing and Philosophy” as one of the best out of the Military Writer’s Society of America authors for 2021. Dwight’s discussion is about 47 minutes into the show:

Holiday Gifts for Veterans by Veterans








My article about our local Veterans group


























My daughter JoAnn recited my poem “Sweet Bird of Youth” at two of my recent book signings







Being introduced at “Bookish” in Ft Smith, Arkansas












On War, Fishing and Philosophy has been rated number seven for books of it’s category for 2021!



Be sure to visit Linda at the Pollard Gallery in Kenosha, Wisconsin.















Had a great day signing books at the Pollard Gallery on Patriots Day 2021









Had a great day signing books and visiting with folks at our American Legion pancake and porky day.
















Had a great turnout at the Hero’s Cafe for our recent book signing. JoAnn managed the event, and did a great job!














Recent interview with Happenings Magazine:

Q&A w/ Local Author Joe Campolo Jr.








Now available on Amazon








Thank you Mr. McMurphy










Sister-in-law Sue during visit











Sister-in-law Meta during a recent visit

Sister-in-law Kathy and brother-in-law Dick during visit










Joe with other Veterans at the Wounded Warriors on the Water event. Joe had the honor of being the Emcee at the event banquet




With fellow writer Pat Avery at a writer’s seminar in Missouri a few years ago.















Book signing at the American Hero’s Cafe, Festival Foods South, Kenosha










Book signing at The Brat Stop with Miss Illinois











A copy of The Kansas NCO resides in the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, Il.





The librarian at the public library in Wautoma, Wisconsin happily accepting books Joe donated.

Artwork created and donated by Trieu Hai Hoang.













April 2020







Late 2020


With The Kansas NCO on the path to becoming a motion picture, we’ve started doing some promotional work.













With daughter JoAnn at the Veteran’s Art Show at the Pollard Gallery in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


Had a great book signing at the downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin car show!




On a book tour in Toledo, Ohio, screen writer Charissa Gracyk who is writing a screenplay for The Kansas NCO, her mother and my friend Larry Montrie who I served in Vietnam with.

Book signing at the Moving Wall held in Racine, Wisconsin May, 2019





Two senior ladies holding up the Kansas NCO and Three Wars books

Two very nice ladies who host the Hero’s Cafe at Festival Foods North in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


Daughter JoAnn mans the Kansas NCO booth

My daughter JoAnn is a big help at book signings.





Joe Campolo Jr. bookmarks

Book marks!















Volunteer firefighters hold up Kansas NCO Trilogy books

Volunteer firefighters who ran the “Run for Sam” marathon in full gear.







Joe and a lady holds up the Kansas NCO books

One of my readers at a book signing at the Hero’s Cafe in Kenosha, Wisconsin.









Three Wars has now been released and is available on Kindle and paperback; via Amazon, or this website.

Award-winning book cover of Three Wars by Joe Campolo Jr.



A woman views Joe's books at the Pollard Art Gallery book signing

At one of my book signings at the Pollard Art Gallery in Kenosha, Wi.

Two senior men hold up Joe's books at the TFW reunion

Saigon Bill and Craig at the 12th TFW reunion, Tucson, AZ.








Two ladies holds up Joe's books at the Kiwanis Club book signing

Kiwanis Club speaking engagement & book signing

The Kansas NCO showcased at Barnett-Wamboldt Eyecare Kenosh Wisonsin

Renate at Barnett-Wamboldt Eyecare in Kenosha, Wisconsin. They showcase books of local authors.




Young girl holds up Joe's books at the Highground gift shop

Alyssa from “The Highground” Veteran Memorial in Neillsville, Wisconsin holding my books which they offer in their gift shop.


Back to the World highly-acclaimed by Bob Doerr











A wonderful play about 5 nurses in Vietnam; put on by the Lakeside Players of Kenosha, Wi. I was honored to speak to the audience before the last showing.

Book signing at the Rhodes Theater

Bud and his wife at my book signing at the Rhodes Theater where the play was held.
















Man holds up Joe's books

Mad Mike knows a good book when he sees one!





Joe stands with Judge Jodi Meier both holding his books

At a book signing December 2016 with newly appointed Kenosha, Wisconsin judge Jodi Meier.









Shadow box made by Joe’s brother John





In addition to writing, Joe enjoys fishing and many other outdoor activities.







2016 3rd Place Award for Back To The World from The Authors' Zone

2016 3rd Place Award for “Back To The World” from The Authors’ Zone


Joe speaks to students at Grewenow Elementary school on Veterans' Day

Had a very nice time speaking to students at Grewenow Elementary School, Veterans Day 2016





The Dude abides…..










Bad boy days; beer in one hand, cigarette in the other


Joe's certificate from the Daughters of the American Revolution recognizing his service in the Vietnam War

I was very honored to receive this from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Joe's old handbook for U.S. Forces in Vietnam

Yep, still got it.











Joe's Air Force Commendation Medal and certificate for his service in Vietnam

The Air Force Commendation Medal for my service in Vietnam was awarded to me at Commander’s Call at March Air Force Base upon my return.


Letter from Richard Nixon upon my return from Vietnam



Just a nice photo by my friend Pat McGrath Avery



I spent much of the last two months of my tour of duty in Vietnam working out of this bunker, with members of the Republic of Korea Tiger Division. A great bunch.

Still have this from my R & R in Hong Kong; 1970.

Taekwondo practice with Kim Jun-ki, Baby San, on guard at Hill 119, good friend Romeo P

65th Combat Engineer Battalion reunion in Pulaski County Missouri

I was honored to be a guest at the 65th Combat Engineer Battalion reunion, Oct 1st, 2016 in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Two ladies holds up Joe's books at the Downtown Kenosh car show

Two very nice ladies at a book signing I held at the Downtown Kenosha car show this summer. (2016)


Book signing at Hero's Cafe Kenosha Wisconsin

At a very busy book signing at the “Hero’s Cafe” in Kenosha in 2016.

Miss Kenosha Kirsten Gonzales at Joe's book signing

Miss Kenosha, Kirsten Gonzales at one of my book signings in 2015



Daughter JoAnn at Joe's book signings

My daughter and number one assistant JoAnn at one of my book signings






Back to the World press release

Press release for Back to the World


Joe speaks to students about the writing process

Speaking to students about the writing process, spring 2016


Vietnam War Veteran from the Republic of Korea holds up Joe's book

A Vietnam War Veteran from the Republic of Korea at one of my book signings.

Red Engine Press books




Home of the 1st Cav

Home of the 1st Cav


Home away from home, 1970



















Hmong Vietnam War Veteran holds up the Kansas NCO book

A Hmong Vietnam War Veteran at one of my book signings. Now a proud U.S. citizen.

AC-47 gunship from the Vietnam War

Spooky AC-47 gunship from the Vietnam War. I flew several missions humping cargo on the unarmed version.

Joe's Vietnam Service Medal

My Vietnam Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Joe holds up his book The Kansas NCO at a Red Engine Press event

Speaking about my book “The Kansas NCO” at a Red Engine Press event in Hershey, PA.

Joe and his friend at a Vietnam Veteran event

With one of my oldest friends, USMC vet John Gustin, at a Vietnam Veteran event.

Joe's patch of the Republic of Korea Tiger Division

Patch of the Republic of Korea Tiger Division. I spent much time with these stalwart warriors in Nam. They taught me Taekwondo. Kim Jun-Ki and I became friends and corresponded for many years until I eventually lost track of him.





Young Joe at war in Binh Dinh Province Vietnam 1970

Hey Joe! The author at war; somewhere in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, 1970.




























Collection of black and white photos while in service

ROK Tiger Division soldier and friend Kim Jun-Ki, a young Vietnamese boy we called “Sun”, Christmas in Vietnam, our hooch dog “Noah”


Our tight little group in the Nam. Upper photo Mike and Ski, bottom photo Tim and Larry. Tim, Larry and I remain close to this day.


War is always hardest on women and children. We felt very bad for them.

From my R & R in Hong Kong