The Death Of Joseph Bradford

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Joseph Bradford was born on October 16, 1924 in Covington, Kentucky. He was the son of a shoemaker, and house painter Coleman Bradford and housewife Catherine Katie Kallage. He had one other sibling Dorothy M. Bradford born 1921 she would later stay with the mother after Coleman Bradford and Catherine Katie Kallage divorce. He and his parents moved to Arlington Heights in Hamilton, Ohio. Sometime between the divorce of his parents, he and his father moved in with his aunt. Between now and when he enlisted into the army there is no data as to what he did. Family members do not recall hearing any stories from during these years. Once he stopped going to high school he became an Office Machine Operator. On September 25, 1943 he enlisted in…show more content…
Before the Battle of Mortain was even in sight the 30th Infantry arrived in the United Kingdom in February 1944. Their first attack would be the Normandy invasion on June 15th 1944 on Omaha beach. It is unknown if Joseph participated in the invasion of Normandy but his division was most certainly apart of the efforts carried out at the time. During this there was friendly fire on part of the bombers flying overhead. This allowed the US armor to head south to Tessy after Operation Cobra aka. St.Lo. After which on Aug. 6 1944 they (30th division) was rushed by truck to the Mortain-St. Barthelmy area to take over positions that had been manned by the reinforced First Infantry division. Later that day without warning, four German panzer divisions attacked them. This is the day (August 6, 1944) in which Joseph Bradford was both injured and captured. On the third day of the Battle of Mortain a German SS officer came up the hill under a white flag, and gave Cpt. R.A. Kerley the ultimatum to surrender by 8pm that night of be destroyed... In reply Cpt. Kerley said, “Go to hell. I will surrender when every one of our bullets has been fired and every one of our bayonets is sticking in a German belly.” This shows the dedication to the war on this unit’s part, and it was vital because if the men had failed to hold the hill on which the Battle of Mortain was held on the allied forces would have been split in two by the German forces. This could have undone the
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