About Bruce

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, historian, and unabashed gearhead. He 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. Bruce spent several years as the staff historian, collecting interviews with notable aviators and writing articles for Foundation magazine, then made the leap to freelance writing and published his first book, The Black Sheep (Presidio Press) in 1998.

With five titles now in print and a sixth due for publication in 2013, 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 from readers as well as professional reviewers. 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, 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 twenty years, he lives near Panama City, Florida.

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8 thoughts on “About Bruce

  1. Hi Bruce,
    I just read about your journey in Mustang Monthly. We were parked next to your mustang in the back on Holiday Inn at Dodge City Friday night. I was thinking how brave someone had to be driving a 67 Mustang across country. (I had a 65 Mustang sitting at home in the garage and I know I won’t be driving it that far). Sorry we didn’t get to meet and talk. Have a safe journey.

  2. Hello Bruce,
    I am the oldest Granddaughter of Jimmy Salter. I stumbled upon your website while researching articles about my Grandfather. I really enjoyed reading the article about your Mustang and seeing all the pictures. It brought back wonderful memories of growing up and spending my summers at the shop. Thank you for all the kind words about my Grandfather and the work that he did. I know that he loved restoring Mustangs and would have loved to see your car now. Take care!

    • Heather, I’m very happy that you “stumbled upon” the blog and got to read something about Jim. He was a great guy. I know he’d be pleased that the car he sold to me 18 years ago has brought so much return–not only to me, but to many people that I’ve met over the years.

  3. Your writeup in the Lynn Haven Ledger in the August 31-September 14 issue caught my attention … I have to confess that I noticed the ’67 Stang first then you second. Sorry but I’m a product of that time period. Your story grabbed my attention and I’ve obtained your Veterans’ Day Celebration flyer from Bettina in order to add that information to our writers’ website http://www.PWGConnections.net. If you’d like to see your page, please look under the EVENTS tab for the general listing then look under the Event Flyer sub-tab for the information on your speaking engagement this Saturday. I’m in the process of emailing all the members of my writer group as well as to the leaders of the other writer groups in Bay County. Since I am continuing to build our website and adding local authors, I’d like to touch base with you about adding your books and bio to our site. I’ll introduce myself to you at some point this Saturday at the event.

  4. I really enjoyed reading through your trip. I am a disabled mustang convertible owner in Lake St. Louis, MO What type of hand controls work best on the old mustang? I haven’t installed them on my other vehicle yet but hopefully soon.

    • I came through Lake St. Louis on my trip, as you might have read. Small world! The hand controls in my Mustang are made by MPS, and called the Monarch. I have used them over many years and they are absolutely trouble free. No rattles, work intuitively, and they’re comfortable,too. One thing I added that I consider important: if you intend to take long trips in your vintage car, look into installing an electronic cruise control. Dakota Digital makes one, and I’ve had it in my car for years with no problems. Really saves fatigue on your hand/arm over the long haul.

  5. Hi, Shooter –

    Loved reading the stories and viewing the pictures. Beautiful car, too.

    Look me up on Facebook some time!

    Chuck Mobley
    Atlanta, GA

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