David Braze
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David Braze

NAME

David J. Braze

HOME OF RECORD

Charlottesville

DATE OF BIRTH

02/13/1939

STATE

VA

DATE OF DEATH

January 22, 2019

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Army

INDUCTION YEAR

2020

Biography

David James Braze was born on February 13, 1939 in Rockford, IL. He attended various military schools and graduated high school in 1957. He met and later married Betty Jo Coleman on July 1, 1961 and they went on to have two daughters, Kimberly Hermsmeier and Alexandra Remson, and seven grandchildren. David was drafted into the Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam where he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Shortly after he completed his service in Vietnam, he was selected to attend OCS. He served 20 years in the Army and during his illustrious career earned a Bronze Star and Legion of Merit amongst numerous other awards. After his military career, LTC. David J. Braze went on to work for NRECA and The Motley Fool. He continued to be of service throughout his life, often donating anonymously to Veteran’s Organizations, education, food banks, and more. In the 1980s, he began the first of many battles with cancer due to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. He passed away on January 22, 2019 from squamous cell lung cancer. True to his gift of service to others, in his final act of selflessness, he donated his body to the Body Farm at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and was given a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery to honor his service to our country. David, affectionately known as “Ofie” to his grandchildren, is missed greatly by his family and friends.