Vietnam Veteran Sergeant John Paul Bradley Dies at age 64
John Paul Bradley, age 64, of Morehead Kentucky departed this life Friday, November 27, 2009 following a lengthy illness. A son of the late Richmond C. and Flora Whisman Bradley, he was born on January 19th 1945 in Carter County, Kentucky. He was a devout believer and member in the Primitive Baptist faith.
Sergeant Bradley served in The United States Army from November 1967 to November 1969. In May 1968 he began his year long tour in Vietnam serving as an armored assault tank driver with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.
May 1969 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Commendation from the United States Army for the courage and professionalism that he displayed during hazardous conditions and under fire. Among his service honors Sergeant Bradley was awarded an Expert Rifle Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Infantryman Badge. Captain William Hausen describes him as "A true combat soldier who took an interest in the welfare of his comrades along with a reputation for sound judgment and wisdom with maturity, a fact well known among his troops."
Mr. Bradley spent his life after his military duty as a self trained Carpenter and Mason. He was also a Masonry Instructor at the Kentucky Boys Camp in Morgan County Ky. Carpentry was a profession he was proud of until he became disabled in the 90's and retired.
He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved brother Dale E. Bradley. Surviving are two sons Donald Allen Bradley, and Michael John Bradley; Daughter-in-laws Denice and Victoria Bradley, five grandchildren Phillip, Nicholas, Alexandria, Makala and Jared Bradley all of Morehead. He is survived by five brothers Glennis Bradley of Ohio, Roy Bradley of Morehead. Jackie Bradley of Ohio, Landon Bradley of Owingsville, David Bradley of Morehead. Three Sisters also survive him Jana Burton of Ohio, Rosetta Burton of Ohio, and Cora Sparks of Morehead. Also, a special friend and caregiver Alex Helterbrand of Morehead.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 1, 2009 in the chapel of the Lane-Stucky-Gray Funeral Home with Elder Cephas Littleton officiating.
Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Full military rites will be conducted at the graveside by Morehead American Legion Post No. 126.
Visitation at Lane-Stucky-Gray Funeral Home is after 6:00 P.M. Monday, November 30, 2009.
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