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James H. Bradley , Jr.


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

(Citation and/or Narrative Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel James H. Bradley, Jr., United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while Commanding the 3d Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 16 January 2008. Lieutenant Colonel Bradley distinguished himself while conducting an air assault and insertion of an Aerial Reaction Force from Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron 32d Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). After infiltration, ground troops became decisively engaged and began taking casualties from enemy fire. Colonel Bradley assessed the severity of the situation and realized the supporting Apache gunships could not engage with friendly forces in such close proximity to the enemy. He immediately took charge of the situation and directed an all out assault of the insurgent position with his Black Hawk team to allow the reaction force to withdraw. Lieutenant Colonel Bradley began a series of low, sweeping passes to identify both enemy and friendly positions in an attempt to clarify the increasingly chaotic situation, while other pilots made four gun runs at extremely close range while his door gunners poured a heavy volume of effective machine gun fire into the enemy. As the fight progressed, Lieutenant Colonel Bradley leapt into the close fight, again pouring machine gun fire into the enemy position. He and his crew made three deliberately slow passes under withering direct fire, expending all his ammunition and killing or injuring most of the enemy in their ambush position. They remained over the besieged troops and continued to expose his aircraft, even though his door gunners where out of ammunition, in order to draw enemy fire away from the reaction force Soldiers. Because of their concentrated fire at close range and continuous low, slow passes to draw enemy fire, the reaction force was able to finally withdraw their Soldiers out of the kill zone to a pick-up point for extraction and CASEVAC (casualty evacuation). Lieutenant Colonel Bradley's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Action Date: January 16, 2008

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Battalion: 3d Assault Helicopter Battalion

Regiment: 1st Aviation Regiment

Division: 1st Infantry Division