While serving as volunteer Oregon/Columbia River Chapter (USS Oregon), 1st Marine Division Association from January 2010 to March 2022. During this time period, Brannan selflessly participated in and rendered honors to 1,461 Marines and their families in the greater Portland area. From 2017 to 2021, while serving as the lead volunteer for the Toys for Tots Program, Brannan assisted in the collection and distribution of 183,570 toys in support of 144,804 children in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark counties. At 82 years of age, Brannan continues to serve his country with passion and unwavering devotion. Brannan’s work ethic, dedication, and selfless devotion reflect credit upon him and were in keeping with highest traditions of the Marine Corps and Naval service.
The Navy Meritorious Service Award is the third highest award that the Department of the Navy can present to private civilians not employed by the Department. Like the other Navy public service awards, it is generally awarded to business and civic leaders, scientists and other civilians who have made outstanding volunteer contributions to the mission and best interest of the Department of the Navy.