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LCDR David Bradley

Lieutenant Commander Bradley joined the Navy in September of 1960 and served in the Reserves as a Quartermaster aboard the USS Hollidaysburg (PCS-1385) a 136-foot patrol craft out of Toledo, OH. In April of 1967 he volunteered for active duty in Vietnam on Swift boats. He arrived in Coronado, CA in June of ’67 and was assigned to a crew as the senior petty officer, a 2nd class Quartermaster. Arriving Coastal Division 13 in Cat Lo, Vietnam in September of 1967 he was assigned to PCF-36 on which he did 13 patrols.


Shortly after Tet of ’68 he was reassigned to Coastal Division 15 and had been promoted to 1st class quartermaster and then moved to a staff position with Coastal Division 15. Returning from Vietnam in September of 1968 he was assigned to the USS Shields (DD-596) and the USS Richmond K. Turner (DLG-20), a guided missile cruiser and left active duty in April of 1968. He immediately affiliated with the Naval Reserve and was a member of Inshore Undersea Warfare unit 105. Later advanced to Chief Petty Officer while in that unit and subsequently promoted to Chief Warrant Officer, in 1979 when he affiliated with the Naval Reserve Assoc. and subsequently held various Chapter, Region, and national offices. Later he was assigned to the frigate USS Lang (FF-1060) as the Asst. CIC Officer. While assigned to the Lang he was selected for the Limited Duty Officer program. In 1999 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander he was recalled to active duty as the Maintenance and Repair Officer for Naval Coastal Warfare Group Two.

In 2002 he retired from the Navy and went to work for the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration as a Diversion Investigator and retired from that position in 2008. During this time Lieutenant Commander Bradley was a member of the transition team taking the Naval Reserve Association to its new role as the Association of the United States Navy. Lieutenant Commander Bradley has been a Chapter President, Regional President, and served as national vice President.

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