Freeman, Bradford, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 745, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment /E Company
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Private First Class

One Service Stripe

Five Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Netherlands Orange Lanyard Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

French Fourragere 101st Airbone Division

 Unofficial Badges 


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Easy Co. 506 P.I.R. 101st Airborne

Rescue Mission

The British have lost nearly 8,000 men during the Battle of Arnhem and some of them were still, since September, isolated from the other side of the Rhine.

The Easy is charged on October 17, 1944, to repatriate to the other side of the Rhine 120 British soldiers, who hid a few kilometers west of Arnhem. These fugitives have lived isolated for a month in constant fear of being captured by the Germans. Their leader, Colonel Dobey, crossed the Rhine without being noticed by the Germans and has called he 101st Airborne U.S. to rescue them.

The plan that was organized was very complex and required signaling lights, the artillery division support and the support of several sections such as the 321st Artillery GFA which has secured the flank of G/506 RIP. American assault troops were composed of elements of the Easy, supported by Canadian engineers.

This operation is one of the most successful rescue mission of the Second World War. It avoid to nearly 120 Allied soldiers to be killed. There was not a single shot. The following elements of the Easy who participated in the operation received a "Citation Battlefield":

Lt. Frederick T. Heyliger (commanding the operation), 1st Lt Harry Welsh, 2nd Lt Edward D. Shames, Sgt Robert F. Mann, T/4 John McGrath, T/4 Charles E. Rhinehardt, Cpl. Walter S. Gordon, Cpl Francis J. Mellett, T/5 Ralph Stafford, Pfc Bradford C. Freeman, Pfc Walter L. Hendrix, Pfc Gerald L. Flurrie, Pfc Edward A. Mauser, Pfc James A. McMahon, Pfc Wayne A. Sisk, Pfc Robert E. Wynn, Pfc Siles E. Harrellson, Pvt Lester Hashey, Pvt John C. Lynch, and Pvt David R. Pierce.

Other Comments:

Wounded Jan-1944

MOS: 745

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Basic Parachutist (2 Combat Jumps)
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 Unit Assignments
2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment
  1942-1945, 745, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
  1942-1945, 745, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment /E Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 D-Day Airborne Landings/First wave: Mission Albany
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 D-Day Glider Landings/Mission Detroit
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Pegasus
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Siege of Bastogne
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Operation Plunder
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
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