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Vincent R. Bradley Second World War correspondence

 Collection — document-box: WWII Box 112, Folder: 6, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2020-012-w-r

Content Description

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

Dates

  • 1944 April 15 - 1945 September 28

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

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.

Extent

0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

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.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type and chronology of correspondence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Melynda Dodds.
Title
Finding Aid for the Vincent R. Bradley Second World War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
1/8/2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States