John Bury, Born, Philadelphia, Pa. 1936. Left school in the 11th grade and joined the Navy. Served 22 years US Navy and a Vietnam War Veteran. Duty comprised of 7 ships and 3 shore stations. While on the USS Sacramento (AOE-1) made 4 deployments to Vietnam waters, South China Sea and Tonkin Gulf.
Studied for and received a GED from the State of Pennsylvania. Upon retiring from the Navy in 1975, makes his home in Media, Pa. Took a job with Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. Due to his Navy training, was an instructor in disciplines of engineering technology at that school. Took college night classes and earned his degree. Later, he moved on to become Director of Engineering and Facilities of Westtown School, Westtown, Pa., a 600 acre private boarding school facility. In 1999, retired from the work force. Married in 1973, and has two children. Upon retiring he and his wife travel often. He enjoys gardening, fishing and is an armature artist.
In 2002, he was diagnosed with his first cancer, over the years three more cancers developed. Question was, how did all these cancers come about. Some research concluded Agent Orange presumptive exposure while serving on board ship in Vietnam waters combat zone. In August 2011, he took up a cause/advocacy to do battle with our U.S.Legislative body of law makers. Not knowing where it would take him. To date, he has written nine articles about Agent Orange Dioxin, all of which have been published in hundreds of newspaper publications nation wide. Plus, three news reporters telling his story. He has gained some notoriety relative to his advocacy.
He maintains several organization memberships. Fleet Reserve Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Blue Water Navy org., The Veterans Assoc. of Sailors of the Vietnam War.
During his advocacy, he has developed extensive research information to help Vietnam Veterans to find needed evidence for their Veterans Affairs claims process; mostly related to Navy. His political views are mostly bipartisan.