Bratton, Rufus, COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
9668-Area Intelligence Officer
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Officer)
Primary Unit
1945-1946, 9301, HQ Berlin Command
Service Years
1914 - 1952
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Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
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Date of Passing
Mar 19, 1958
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Army Staff Identification War Department Military Intelligence Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

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Cold War Veteran

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the Chief, Far Eastern Section of the War Department Intelligence Branch (G-2) from early 1937 to July 1944.

He intercepted and encoded the top secret Japanese 14 - Part Message. This message told the Japanese Embassy to break off all diplomatic relations with the USA early on the morning of Sunday, December 7th, 1941. He briefed General George Marshall on the immediate implications of this message. By the time the warnings of this message reached Hawaii, the Pearl Harbor attack was already in progress. 
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 1st Infantry RegimentInfantry Officer Advanced CourseState DepartmentPhilippine Department
Command and General Staff College (CGSC) CourseU.S. Army7th Infantry Regiment HQ, US Army Cadet Command
United States Department of War3rd ArmyBerlin Command
  1914-1917, 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment
  1921-1922, Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  1922-1924, State Department
  1926-1930, Philippine Department
  1930-1931, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1931-1932, Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)
  1932-1934, State Department
  1934-1936, 7th Infantry Regiment
  1936-1937, ROTC University of Idaho (Cadre), HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1937-1943, 9601, United States Department of War
  1943-1945, 2900, 3rd Army
  1945-1946, 9301, HQ Berlin Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 WWII - American Theater
  1942-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1945-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1910-1914, United States Military Academy
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