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Robert Graham Bradley

Date of birth: September 26, 1921
Date of death: MIA: October 24, 1944
Burial location: Manila, Philippine islands
Place of Birth: D.C., Washington
Home of record: Arlington Virginia
Status: MIA

Robert Bradley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1943, a class which actually graduated in 1942 due to the war.


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Robert Graham Bradley (NSN: 0-165385), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Light Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. PRINCETON (CVL-23), during operations against enemy Japanese forces in Philippine waters during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. After his ship was hit with a bomb from an enemy aircraft, Lieutenant Bradley led efforts to control the resulting fires and explosions until conditions became unbearable and personnel on the after part of the ship were ordered to leave. He supervised the safe departure of his men, and he was among the last to leave, and after being rescued by a destroyer, returned to the ship and continued to fight fires and control explosions. His courage and skill were in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 01453 (November 17, 1944)

Action Date: 24-Oct-44

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Division: U.S.S. Princeton (CVL 23)