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Dr. David Rosales served in the United States Army in Vietnam from November 1967 to March 1968 during the Tet Offensive. He served as a military advisor to popular forces in Vietnam in I Corps and returned to home base at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, 18th Airborne Corps until May 1970. He attained the permanent rank of E-5.
He earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Medal
As a returning veteran, he enrolled at Bakersfield College working towards a transfer education program from 1971-1973. At BC, he was active in campus clubs and student government.
He transferred to CSUB and earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in History. He continued his education at USC, earning a doctorate in education.
In 1977, he was employed at the Employment Development Department as a Disabled Veterans Opportunity Program Specialist and began teaching as an adjunct faculty member at BC from 1975-1977.
In 1978, he became a full time faculty member at BC, supervising the Chicano Cultural Center and Chicano Studies program, and teaching History.
He was also an administrative intern in the Student Activities and Residence Halls Programs, Associate Dean of Students, and Dean of Instruction, eventually choosing to go back to the classroom, teaching American and California History until retirement in 2009.
In spite of these accomplishments, Dr. Rosales is most proud of his family.
He and his wife Irene have 3 children: Miranda, David, Jr. and Oliver. They all began their college carrers at Bakersfield College, and each graduated with honors. All three went on to complete their education - at USC, UC Davis and UC Berkeley. His son, Dr. Oliver Rosales, is a BC History Professor at the Delano Campus.
He and Irene have 5 grandchildren.