A disabled veteran and long-term cancer survivor, Bruce Gamble has used a wheelchair for much of his adult life, but it hasn’t slowed him down. He’s also an award-winning author and historian who travels widely, whether conducting research and interviews for his nonfiction books, giving public presentations, or sitting in front of the camera for a documentary.

Raised in central Pennsylvania, Bruce served as a Naval Flight Officer from 1980 to 1988 during the closing years of the Cold War. Career highlights include deployments aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and instructor duty in Pensacola, FL. During the latter tour, Bruce was diagnosed with a malignant spinal cord tumor and underwent a complicated surgery. Medically retired in 1989, he began volunteering at the National Museum of Naval Aviation and was soon working part-time for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. After several years as the staff historian, collecting interviews with notable aviators and writing articles for Foundation magazine, Bruce made the leap to freelance writing and published his first book, The Black Sheep (Presidio Press) in 1998.

With six titles now in print, Bruce is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most respected authors on the war in the Pacific. His narrative style and depth of research have earned critical acclaim in publications such as Publishers Weekly and Booklist. In addition to writing, Bruce does a substantial amount of public speaking and is the featured historian in documentaries produced by the History Channel, Fox News Channel, PBS, and the Pritzker Military Library.

The winner of two literary awards in 2010 and a Florida Book Award in 2013, Bruce is a member of the Authors Guild and holds life memberships in the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and Paralyzed Veterans of America. Cancer-free for more than 25 years, he lives near Madison, Georgia


Bruce delivers a presentation about his fourth book, Fortress Rabaul, at the National Naval Aviation Museum in 2010

Bruce (far right) aboard USS CARL VINSON in 1984
Chatting with past and present members of the famed Black Sheep Squadron at the World War II Weekend in Reading, PA.
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