Michael Chance served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 thru 1997 retiring from active duty as a Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman. His service history includes stateside duty at NavHosp Charleston, SC; NAS Oceana, VA; NavHosp New Orleans, LA; USS Robert H. McCard (DD-822) Tampa, FL; MCAS Yuma, AZ; MCLB Barstow, CA; 2nd Bn 5th Marines, 1st MarDiv, CamPen, CA; 1st Marines, 1st MarDiv, CamPen, CA; NavSta Pascagoula, MS, and overseas duty at 1st Bn 4th Marines, 3rd MarDiv, Okinawa, Japan; and NavHosp Okinawa, Japan. As part of 1st Bn 4th Marines, he took part in the evacuation of Vietnam in 1975 providing medical care to refugees picked up by Navy ships and aboard the SS American Challenger. Among other awards he has earned 2 Navy Commendation Medals and 2 Navy Achievement Medals, Armed Services Expeditionary Medal with FMF attachment, and Vietnam Service Medal, as well as 3 Certificates of Commendation, 1 from CMC.
He and his wife Naomi have been married for 24 years and he has a son from a prior marriage and a daughter from the current marriage. He also has two grandsons.
He has been a member of the Marine Corps League for 1 year and has held the position of Webmaster.