Bradley, Thomas Walter, HM2

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Last Rank
Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer
Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Primary Unit
1944-1945, HM-8404, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer


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Casualty Date
Mar 04, 1945
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Big Springs Cemetery - Sparta, Tennessee
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Military Order of the Purple HeartWorld War II Fallen
  1945, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified]
  1945, World War II Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Navy Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), U
 Unit Assignments
Navy Recruit Training Center - San Diego(Navy) HM Hospital Corpsman A SchoolField Medical Service School27th Marine Regiment
5th Marine Division1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27), 27th Marine Regiment
  1942-1942, Navy Recruit Training Center - San Diego
  1942-1942, HM-8404, (Navy) HM Hospital Corpsman A School
  1942-1942, HM-8404, Field Medical Service School
  1944-1945, HM-8404, 27th Marine Regiment
  1944-1945, HM-8404, 5th Marine Division
  1944-1945, HM-8404, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas Walter Bradley (8452991), Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman attached to the First Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 4 March 1945. Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Bradley, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, moved forward of the front line in the face of a deadly barrage of mortar, artillery and machine gun fire in order to administer first aid to several wounded men. Finding one man seriously wounded and needing immediate medical attention, and knowing that it would be impossible for litter bearers to get through to the man, he carried the man to a defiladed area. Ignoring the please of several members of his company not to return to the front lines, he then returned to the same area and began rendering first aid to other wounded. By this time the enemy had successfully outflanked his position and he was subjected to an even heavier and more intense fire. By using hand grenades he helped the wounded until he himself became a casualty. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Bradley undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Commander In Chief, Pacific Fleet: Serial 34921 (April 24, 1945)
Home Town: Sparta, Tennessee
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