Vincent R. Bradley Second World War correspondence
This collection contains five correspondence from SSgt. Vincent R. Bradley, USA to his family during the Second World War. Of the correspondence are three handwritten letters and two V-Mail, and the collection also includes one clipping, four photographs, and one unit history, both photocopy and transcribed.
In his correspondence Bradley asks about people at home and mentions in his July 1 letter that his unit is "Category 4 which means that we are surplus and will be inactivated." The photographs include shots of him in uniform with other soldiers and the clipping includes a picture of him and his brother, Technical Sergeant James L. Bradley, USA meeting in Ochshausen, Germany after being separated two and a half years.
Names of soldiers included in photographs are as follows:
- Ohio: Louis Bumfield [?]
- California: Jack Nelson, Earl Smoot
- Connecticut: Francis Carberry (or Canberry), James Arnold, Carroll Piecyk, Gavin Blair (or Blaire)
- Massachussetts: Louis Allard, Norman Chaquette, James Buckley, Phillip Cash
- West Virginia: Ernest Booth
- New Hampshire: Francis Silva
- No home town listed: John Clark
- 1944 April 15 - 1945 September 28
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Biographical / Historical
Staff Sergeant Vincent Ray Bradley, United States Army (10/12/1919 - 1/5/2015) was born in Pendleton, Indiana on his parents' farm. He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1937 and later married Phyllis Jean Bahr. He worked for General Electric Supply Co. when he enlisted on February 18, 1943. Bradley served with Battery A, 463 Anti-aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion from Normandy through France and Germany to Czechoslovakia, landing at Utah beach on June 28 (D-Day+24) and demobilizing in July 1945.
After the war, Bradley tried farming and factory work, but became a carpenter and worked in commercial construction until retirement. He and Phyllis had three children, Doug, Diana, and Melynda, and remained married until she passed in 2003. Vincent Bradley passed away in January 2015 at the age of 95.
0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)
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This collection contains five correspondence from SSgt. Vincent R. Bradley, USA to his family during the Second World War. Also included are one clipping, four photographs, and one unit history, both photocopy and transcribed.
This collection is arranged by material type and chronology of correspondence.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Melynda Dodds.
- Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945 Subject Source: Local sources
- United States -- Army -- European Theater of Operations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War (1939-1945) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War (1939-1945) -- Europe Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War (1939-1945) -- Germany Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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