David W. Griffiths' naval career spanned 32 years and 5 months, during which, he photographed presidents, astronauts, pilots, ships, planes, events, and lots of people doing lots of things. He became addicted to being where the action is.
He attended Basic Photography School in 1954, Advanced Photography in 1966, Photographic Statistical and Chemical Quality Control School in 1970, Motion Picture School in 1977, Photographic Equipment Repair School in 1978, and the Robin Perry Creative Color Workshop in 1985. His favorite medal is the Humanitarian Medal, which he earned during the evacuation of Saigon.
He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Education with an emphasis in photography from Southern Illinois University just before he retired from the Navy. He used the "G.I. Bill" to obtain a Master's in Vocational Education, and went to work for the Chief of Naval Education and Training as an Instructional Systems Specialist. For the next fifteen years, he developed Training Task Inventories, monitored contracts for computer-based training, and assisted chief and senior chief petty officers in developing nonresident training courses. Mr. Griffiths says it was a privilege to work with men and women of their caliber.
Mr. Griffiths says his stories were easy to write because they were inspired by true events. He believes his stories ended in 1977 when he met and married Perla Lumawig Mogol, who promptly put out the fires and calmly went about the business of teaching him how to forgive, how to love, and how to put first things first.