Vietnam Veteran, and Member of Post 6464 since 2004. Life Member. Elected Post Chaplain in 2021.
Volunteered for the draft in December 1968 and served two years in the U.S. Army Infantry. Attended Basic Training at Fort Knox KY followed by Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, LA.
Assigned to the 2/8th Mechanized, 4th Infantry located in Pleikue, Vietnam June 1969-June 1970. Promoted to Sgt. E-5 and served as a Squad Leader. After his Vietnam tour was assigned to Ft. Riley Kansas,1st Infantry Div. until discharged in January 1971.
Awards Include: Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star w/V, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Oak Leaf, two Over Seas Bars First Class M-60 Gunner and M14-Marksman
Married to Brooks L. Vandenberg, August 16, 1969, while home on emergency leave from Vietnam. Have two sons, David Jr. and Jason, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
Served 25 years, as a Deputy, with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office from Oct 1971-Nov 1997 retired as a Sergeant. Served 5 more years, 1997-2003 with Rochester MI. P.D. as a Sergeant.
While on disability and recovering from an on-duty injury, was elected to a one-year term of the Walled Lake Consolidated School Board, 1981-1982.
Moved to Fowlerville in 2003. Is a Deacon at Antrim Baptist Church and is an Ordained Minister of the Gospel. Elected to the Handy Township Board of Trustees in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. Appointed to the Township Planning Commission 2021.Favorite quote: "If not me, then who"