WASHINGTON – Senator John Boozman released his fourth interview in a series recognizing the service and sacrifice of Arkansas veterans. This spotlight highlights the military service of Floyd Brantley, a WWII veteran who served in the Navy and continued military service in the Air Force during the Korean War, eventually re-enlisting in the Armed Forces when he was 50-years-old.
Brantley grew up in Texas. His brother’s death at the Battle of Guadalcanal while serving on the U.S.S. Atlanta drove him to serve in the Navy during WWII.
Brantley first served as a medic at a fleet hospital in the Pacific where he was assigned to the officer’s section.
Today, 90-year-old Brantley lives in Conway and is an active bicyclist. In November Brantley rode his bike in America’s Parade, the New York parade honoring our veterans.
“Floyd Brantley honorably served our country. I admire his commitment to military service and his desire to continue his commitment to our country when many Americans are looking forward to retirement. He is a true American hero whose service and sacrifice helped the war efforts. I am grateful for his dedication and honored to share his memories of serving in the Armed Forces,” Boozman said.
Boozman will submit Brantley’s entire interview to the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center to collect and retain the oral histories of our nation’s veterans.
Do you know a veteran who you would like Senator Boozman to feature in his Salute to Veterans? Nominate an Arkansas veteran to share their story at Boozman_submissions@boozman.senate.gov.