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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, Fair and his family moved to Louisville, KY. Joe attended Brandeis Elementary School and Parkland Junior High School. 

At age 12, they 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.

He joined the Ingersoll Rand Company in September 1971 and remained with the company until May 2011. During his last 16 years, he was the Human Resources Manager. Joe had two careers going simultaneously as he joined the Kentucky Army National Guard (Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery) in October 1974 and remained 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 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.”

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