A ceremony in his honor will take place at center court at Becker Village Mall Saturday at 11 a.m. This event is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Pulley was born in 1951 in Roanoke Rapids and attended William R. Davie High School.
Upon his graduation in 1969, he made the decision to join the United States Marine Corps.
In June of 1969 he was assigned to Parris Island, South Carolina, for basic training.
After completion of basic and other required training, he was deployed to South Vietnam in February of 1970.
He earned a Purple Heart when he was wounded during his tour of duty. He was then sent to Guam Naval Hospital for treatment and was later sent to Okinawa until 1971.
After his wartime service, he excelled in schooling and became an expert in what is known today as cyber security.
During his 23-year career in the Marines, he was stationed at numerous locations, including Charlotte, Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point, Twentynine Palms, and the Pentagon.
He retired in 1992 as a Master Gunnery Sergeant and returned to the Roanoke Valley to settle down where he began his second career working for the U.S. Postal Service. He remained with the USPS until he retired.
He resides in Roanoke Rapids where he is enjoying his retirement by working around the house, decorating for the holidays and flying the nation’s and his service colors.