More detail on this person: Retired Major Paul W. Bronson, U.S.M.C. Bravery, Honesty, Loyalty--attributes that defined Paul's life. Paul was born Jan. 20, 1937, in Los Angeles. After high school, he joined the U.S.M.C. With his usual determination and study, Paul applied for and was accepted as a Naval Aviation cadet. Upon completion of the program, he got his wings and proudly rejoined the Marines as a first lieutenant. In 1962, Paul tried civilian life, joining the ranks of the LAPD. In 1964, when the war in Vietnam escalated, he returned to the Corps and traveled to Vietnam with one of the first squadrons to join the fight. Paul distinguished himself and earned many awards which include: Purple Heart, Bronze Star w/ "V", Vietnam Service Medal, Air Medal w/#50 Gold Star, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and Navy Commendation Medal w/"V". Paul's squadron saved many lives and, in particular, Paul's heroism is mentioned in a book entitled "The First Battle" when, because of his 'above and beyond the call', he saved his crew chief's life. After a long bout with cancer, Paul died as bravely as he lived, March 22, 2010, leaving, Kathy, his wife, of 50 years; daughter, Kerry; son-in-law, Erik Nicholson; son, Michael; daughter-in-law, Wendy; and grandsons, Clayton and Turner. He is also survived by his sister, Norma; and brothers-in-law, Dick Richardson and Patrick and John Halpin. Paul earned two bachelor's degrees, one from CSULB and the other from USC and was a lifetime fan and supporter of the USC Trojans. Paul had an avid interest in politics and loved to debate politics with anyone who dared to engage him. His favorite pastimes were attending his grandsons' Little League games, rooting for his USC Trojans, ocean fishing, day trading, technology, reading and all music, especially jazz and classical. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Memorial service will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.
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