A long-term cancer survivor, Bruce has used a manual wheelchair for much of his adult life. Raised in Pennsylvania, he earned his Navy wings as an Overwater Jet Navigator and served operationally during the closing years of the Cold War. In 1988, while assigned to Pensacola as a flight instructor, he was diagnosed with a malignant spinal cord tumor and retired from the Navy the following year. Bruce subsequently worked part-time as the staff historian for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation until 1996, when he made the leap to freelance writing. His first book, The Black Sheep, was published in 1998. With seven books now in print, Bruce is actively working on a variety of nonfiction narrative projects. In addition to writing, he is an accomplished public speaker and appears in documentaries produced by the History Channel, Fox News Channel, PBS, and the World War II Foundation. Cancer-free for more than thirty years, he lives near Madison, Georgia.
Bruce flew as a navigator in Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) from 1982-1985, including two deployments aboard the USS Carl Vinson. The A-3 Skywarrior was the largest aircraft flown operationally from US Navy carriers.