Wounds Fatal To Tri-Citian
David R. Bruce, 21 year old Marine lance corporal from Pasco, died Saturday in Japan from gunshot wounds received in Vietnam. Bruce, a football halfback and linebacker for Pasco High School where he graduated in 1966 had been wounded in the chest and stomach from small arms fire 30 Nov (1969) in northern South Vietnam, where he was a foot soldier. He died at a naval hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. His parents were informed when they called the hospital Saturday night. Bruce received all-conference honorable mention as a halfback for Pasco High in 1966, when he gained 450 yards and was remembered by Coach Bill Till as a "really fine young gentleman" who improved each year. He also was a varsity wrestler and a member of the Key Club and Letterman's Club. He attended Columbian Basin College for 1 and a half years where he played football for a year before enlisting in the Marines on 23 May 1968.He went to Vietnam 18 Feb as a member of the D Company Second Battalion, Fifth Division [sic]. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Bruce, Pasco, a son Darin Michael,10 months, Pasco, three brothers, Donald Gene, Ronald Edward, and Timothy Howard and a sister, Mrs. Tom (Martha) Egan, all of Pasco; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. D.R. Bruce, Dayton, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Bruckner, Castle Rock. The Bruce family moved to the Tri-Cities in 1951 from Dayton, where David was born 25 Jan, 1948. He is the 29th Tri-City area man was killed in the Vietnam war. Greenlee Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Tri-City Herald, Pasco, Kennewick, Richand WA, 23 Dec 1969