Doug Bradley Former director of communications for the University of Wisconsin System; Vietnam veteran

Madison-based Vietnam veteran Doug Bradley recently retired from nearly 30 years with the University of Wisconsin. Among other positions held, he was director of communications in the office of the UW System president, director of marketing and communications for UW Learning Innovations, and assistant director of marketing and communications for UW-Madison’s Office of Corporate Relations.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bradley received his B. A. in English from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. He also holds a Masters in English from Washington State University.

Doug was drafted into the U. S. Army in March of 1970 and served as an information specialist (journalist) at U. S. Army Republic of Vietnam (USARV) headquarters in Long Binh, South Vietnam, from November 1970 to November 1971. Following his discharge and tenure in graduate school, Doug moved to Madison where he helped establish Vets House, a storefront, community-based service center for Vietnam era veterans in 1974.

Doug has written extensively about his Vietnam, and post-Vietnam, experiences. His collection of Vietnam short stories, entitled DEROS, will be published later this year. And he and UW-Madison Professor Craig Werner, chair of Afro-American Studies, are completing work on We Gotta Get Out of This Place, a book about music and the Vietnam experience. They also teach a course at the UW entitled “The U. S. in Vietnam: Music, Media and Mayhem.”

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