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Doug Bradley
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.”

Entries by Doug Bradley

Familial Four

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 12:29 PM

When the University of Wisconsin won its first and only NCAA basketball championship in 1941, the U.S. had yet to enter World War II, my parents were early in their courting phase, and only eight collegiate teams competed for the title. Nine games were played in two venues (Madison, Wisconsin...

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Every Kid Deserves a Dick Vander Woude

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 12:26 PM

A dear friend of mine, Dick Vander Woude, passed away recently and his death has been haunting me not just because of its suddenness and serendipity but because it puts an exclamation point on the end of an era of truly top-quality education in Wisconsin.

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Stayin' Alive (at 95!)

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 11:43 AM

I was a little nervous when I blogged about my mom, Lucy (Lucia) Basile Bradley, celebrating her 94th birthday last year because I didn't want to jinx her!

Well, lo and behold, she, and we, have completed one more trip around the sun, having amassed another 31,557, 600...

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Porky Chedwick Played the Platters That Mattered

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Sometimes the best life lessons come from the most unexpected of places. Take one of mine about race and poverty, for example, which came through music on the radio. The source of that music was an unimposing, white disc jockey on a small 250-watt radio station (WAMO) in Pittsburgh who...

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The Ballad of Ira Hayes

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 6:03 PM

I should have realized it was the spirit of World War II hero Ira Hayes that was whispering to me every time I drove by his home near Phoenix, Arizona. I've spent much of the winter out here and have driven back and forth between Phoenix and Green Valley several...

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The Old Man and the Sea (of Stuff)

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:45 AM

More than 2,000 pieces of Ernest Hemingway memorabilia went digital at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston today -- everything from personalized (but unused) airmail stationery to pre-World War I notebooks and multiple passports, and everything in between. It's not that we don't already know almost everything about...

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America's Wailing Wall

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:37 PM

It's been more than three weeks since Bruce Springsteen's latest album High Hopes debuted at # 1 on the Billboard charts.

The critical response has been kind of up and down, but since I'm not a music critic, I like to listen and focus on what moves me, what...

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Bye Bye Love

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:03 AM

There's not much I can add to the many tributes and well-deserved praise bestowed on the Everly Brothers by folks like Keith Richards, Paul Simon and scores of others last week upon the death of Phil Everly. Phil and his older brother Don were singular influences in the evolution of...

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Silent Knights

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 5:16 AM

It wasn't until I was 23 years old that I spent my first Christmas away from home. I sure as heck didn't expect to share it with Bob Hope, Johnny Bench, Lola Falana, the Gold Diggers, Miss Universe, and 30,000 screaming GIs.

But there I was in a war,...

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Who's the British Group with the 'Most' 1960s Hits?

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Trick question, kinda. It's The Animals, because their record producer was named Mickie Most! He was responsible for the band's 11 American hits in their first two years of existence -- songs like "The House of the Rising Sun" (which allegedly caused Bob Dylan to jump out of his car...

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Draft Prospects

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2013 | 5:56 AM

(NOTE: I was part of a Veterans Recognition Panel at James Madison Memorial High School earlier last week. I'm grateful to the students, teachers, and staff for their support and appreciation. A special thanks to Geof Herman, JMM ceramics teacher extraordinaire, for organizing the recognition...

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Thanks, But No Thanks

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Since Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays, it should come as no surprise that the U.S. Army pulled out all the stops to make us homesick G.I.s partake in a quintessential Thanksgiving dinner in Vietnam. Turkey and all the trimmings were served in all the Long Binh mess halls,...

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Sounds of Silence

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 10:55 AM

I learned way more than I ever knew about tinnitus this week. I attended The Wisconsin Warrior Summit, which addressed the readjustment challenges confronting the nation's newest veterans and their families. The challenges are many and they are formidable, but I was struck by how many presenters, and...

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LBJ and Veterans Day

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 10:32 AM

A little over 49 years ago -- October 27, 1964 to be exact -- I was a 17 year-old high school senior in the audience at the Civic Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to hear President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) deliver a speech about the upcoming presidential election. A large part...

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Father of the Bride

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 3:29 PM

Photo courtesy Paper Antler

(NOTE: That's me kissing the hand of my darling daughter Summer at her wedding this past Saturday. My wife and I played host to more than 160 family and friends, gave toasts, and watched...

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Hope and Progress in Oman

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Last week, the BBC reported that ornithologists working in Oman might have discovered a new species of owl. The assertion was made by the wildlife sound-recorder who heard (and taped) a distinct and unusual owl call, one that was fundamentally different from other Arabian owls he'd ever heard.

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Every Picture Tells a Story

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 1:29 PM

Looking at the photographs included in Vietnam: The Real War, a newly-released, collection of 250 of the Associated Press's remarkable images from that brutal conflict, you scratch your head and wonder just why is it that we've never put an end to war? It is extremely painful and...

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Lend Them Your Ears

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 1:28 AM

On the long plane ride back to the USA from my tour of duty in Vietnam in late 1971, I had a hard time sleeping, afraid, I've determined in hindsight, that I'd wake up back in Vietnam! So, I passed the time listening to music and scribbling random thoughts on...

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J. D. & Me

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 2:43 PM

I had an epiphany last night while watching the trailer for the much-hyped and widely-anticipated documentary Salinger. Or rather, a bunch of epiphanies. About J.D. Salinger and me and Catcher in the Rye and Holden Caulfield and our World War II fathers and PTSD and fiction and more....

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Start Me Up

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 12:08 PM

As I seated myself among more than 100 established or would-be entrepreneurs at the Badger Startup Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday, I began to conduct my own unscientific poll. Motivating me was an article in The Wall Street Journal two days earlier about...

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