COLONEL BRUCE A. MEREDITH
ROLL OF HONOR QUALIFICATIONS
1960 NRA Collegiate All American – First Team
1961 NRA Collegiate All American – First Team
1961 NRA Collegiate Individual National Champion
1963 National Service Rifle 1000 yard Team Champions – Camp Perry, Ohio
1965 U.S. Army Distinguished Rifleman Badge
1965 President’s Hundred Tab – Rifle
1967 National Smallbore Rifle Prone Champion
1967 National 50 meter Free Rifle Prone Champion
1967 Pan American Games – Winnipeg, Canada. (Gold team medal – 50m Free Rifle 3x40, Gold team medal – 50m Free Rifle Prone. World Record – Team in 50m Free Rifle Prone.)
1967 United States Distinguished International Shooter Badge
1968 NRA Smallbore Rifle Distinguished Badge – Prone
1968 NRA Smallbore Rifle Distinguished Badge – Position
1970 National 50 meter Free Rifle Prone Champion
1970 World Shooting Championships – Phoenix, Arizona. (Silver team medal – 300m Army Rifle.)
1973 National 50 meter Free Rifle Prone Champion
1982 President’s Hundred Tab – Pistol
1984 U.S. Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge
1986 World Shooting Championships – Skovde, Sweden. (6th in 300m Free Rifle Prone 60 shots.)
Born 19 April 1937 in Wheeling, WV. Started shooting informally as boy in the hills of West Virginia. First competitions in 1951 while attending Linsly Military Institute where riflery was a mandatory class in lieu of study hall one day a week. NRA Junior Distinguished. Attended West Virginia University and captained the rifle team for two years. Shot Service Rifle with as a ROTC cadet at Camp Perry 1958, 59, 60 with 2nd Army ROTC Team. Distinguished Military Graduate.
Commissioned as a Regular Army officer in June 1961. First assignment was to a Nike Hercules Air Defense nuclear missile site at Fort MacArthur, CA. Shot Service Rifle with ARADCOM/All Army in 1963 and again with 8th Army (Korea)/USARPAC/All Army in 1965. Assigned to International Rifle Section in September 1965 and was OIC prior to leaving active duty as a Major in October 1968. Fired the first NRA Any Sight 3200 in 1967. First OIC of USAR International Rifle Team 1968-86. Won 168 NRA National Record Certificates. Graduate of Airborne, Ranger, C&GS, ICAF and Air War College. Retired with 30 years active/reserve service on 4 July 1991.
In addition, was co-founder of U.S. Armbrust Association (Match Crossbow) and shot in eight World Armbrust Championships and won Distinguished Armbrust Badge in 1981. Has served on the NRA Smallbore Rifle Committee and the Board of Directors of the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
In 1987, began shooting for the United States Virgin Islands and competed for them in four Olympics: 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney – all after the age of 50. He also competed in three World Shooting Championships: 1990 Moscow, 1994 Milan and 1998 Barcelona. He won the individual bronze medal in the 50m free rifle prone event in the Championship of the Americas in San Juan in 1989 and again in Lima in 1993. He also won the individual silver medal in 50m free rifle prone in the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires in 1995. (Note: None of these activities with the Virgin Islands or with crossbow contributed to the USAR Roll of Honor qualifications.)