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Omar Nelson "Brad" Bradley is Born

Today in Masonic History Omar Nelson "Brad" Bradley is born in 1893.

Omar Nelson "Brad" Bradley was an American soldier.

Bradley was born into poverty in Missouri. When Bradley was 15 his father passed away and his mother moved the family to Moberly, Missouri and remarried. Bradley graduated from Moberly High School in 1910. He would consider Moberly his home for the rest of his life no matter where he traveled with the Army.

After graduation, Bradley took the West Point entrance exam. He came in second on the exam and when the first place entrant could not attend, Bradley accepted the appointment.

Bradley graduated in 1915 from the Academy. His class has been nicknamed "the class the stars fell on" because of the number of generals that were made from that graduating class. The class included Dwight D. Eisenhower, who like Bradley attained the rank of General of the Army.

Bradley had a variety of duties prior to World War II. He would serve during World War I and would not see combat, the armistice was signed before his unit was deployed.

During World War II Bradley would get his first front-line command in 1943. He would be sent to North Africa to work under Eisenhower revamping the troop deployments there. Patton would request that Bradley come work for him in his efforts in North Africa as well. Despite being part of Patton's command, Bradley would retain to the right to represent Eisenhower in the theatre.

In 1944, Bradley moved to London to take charge of the US First Army in preparation for the Normandy invasion. After the landing, Bradley was in charge of several operations including Operation Cobra. The purpose of Operation Cobra was to break the German lines with a large number of smaller bombs so the craters would not impede the advance of the allies. Bradley was horrified when 77 of the bombers dropped their bombs short killing many of the allied troops including General Lesley Mcnair. Of that Bradley would say:

"The ground belched, shook and spewed dirt to the sky. Scores of our troops were hit, their bodies flung from slit trenches. Doughboys were dazed and frightened....A bomb landed squarely on McNair in a slit trench and threw his body sixty feet and mangled it beyond recognition except for the three stars on his collar."

At the Battle of the Bulge Bradley's command took the brunt of the initial battle. When Eisenhower ordered some of Bradley's troops to moved under the command of Field Marshal Montgomery a heated argument ensued between Bradley and Eisenhower. The disagreement would not affect the two men's relationship though.

After World War II Bradley would go to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Head of the Veterans Administration (which he is recognized as being a major influence on) and was the senior military commander at the start of the Korean War.

Bradley would become a member of West Point Lodge No. 887 in Highland Falls, New York. He would remain a member there his entire life.