SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Thursday, July 6 at 7pm, South Plainfield Public Library welcomes local resident Joseph Belardo who will present a presentation and hold a book signing for his book, Dusterman Vietnam: Story of the last great gunfighters. Dusterman Vietnam is a transcript of Joe’s diary and memoirs, including photographs, while he served in Vietnam in a specialized Army mobile combat team and body recovery unit called “Dusters” attached to the Third Marine Division along the DMZ in 1967 and 1968 during the infamous TET Offensive. Joe’s narrated power point video presentation about his book will take you across the DMZ. His book gives a detailed, day-by-day, frontline battle and body recovery narrative of daily combat life while attached to the Marine Corps. His fascinating, introspective memoir reveals a sensitive soul’s struggle to be physically and mentally strong amidst unimaginably horrible suffering and dying. Joe and his crew hold the distinct honor of being the last Americans to leave the finally abandoned Khe Sanh Combat Base. This program is presented free and no registration is required.
Joseph Belardo is the New Jersey State and Middlesex County Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. His combat medals include the Bronze Star w/Valor, Purple Hearts, Gallantry Cross with Palm, Marine Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, both the Army and Marine Presidential Unit Citation’s, Valorous Unit Award’s, Meritorious Unit Commendation’s. He has been inducted into the Order of the Four Chaplin’s and High School Hall of Fame. He is the New Jersey State Commander of the Military order of the Purple Hearts, past President of Vietnam Veterans of America, member of the VFW, American Legion and DAV. He has appeared in two television documentaries: The Soldiers Story and Vietnam War with Oliver North. Joe is married and has three children. He was the founder of Support Systems a custom metal fabrication company and now enjoys retirement, grandchildren and tournament bass fishing. He resides in South Plainfield, NJ.