Bradley, Ruby, COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Army Nurse Corps
Last Primary MOS
3430-Nurse Administrator
Last MOS Group
Nurse Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1961-1963, 3430, Brooke Army Medical Center
Service Years
1934 - 1963
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Certificate Of Achievement
Certificate Of Appreciation
Cold War Certificate
Presidential Certificate of Appreciation

Army Nurse Corps


Ten Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Bradley, Ruby, COL USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Hazard, KY

Date of Passing
May 28, 2002
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 21, Site 318

 Official Badges 

US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

Medical Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Ruby Bradley¬†(December 19, 1907 ‚?? May 28, 2002) was one of the most decorated women in United States military history.¬†She was a native of¬†Spencer, West Virginia¬†but lived in¬†Falls Church, Virginia, for over 50 years.

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Military career

Bradley entered the United States Army Nurse Corps as a surgical nurse in 1934. She was serving at Camp John Hay in the Philippines when she was captured by the Japanese army three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

In 1943, she was moved to the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila. It was there that she and several other imprisoned nurses earned the title "Angels in Fatigues" from fellow captives. For the next several months, she provided medical help to the prisoners and sought to feed starving children by shoving food into her pockets whenever she could, often going hungry herself. As she lost weight, she used the room in her uniform for smuggling surgical equipment into the prisoner-of-war camp. At the camp she assisted in 230 operations and helped to deliver 13 children.

When U.S. troops captured the camp on February 3, 1945, Bradley weighed only 86 pounds (39 kg). She was then returned to the United States where she continued her career in the Army. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California in 1949.

Bradley served in the Korean War as Chief Nurse for the 171st Evacuation Hospital. In November 1950, during the Chinese counter-offensive, she refused to leave until she had loaded the sick and wounded onto a plane in Pyongyang while surrounded by 100,000 advancing Chinese soldiers. She was able to jump aboard the plane just as her ambulance exploded from an enemy shell. In 1951, she was named Chief Nurse for the Eighth Army, where she supervised over 500 Army nurses throughout Korea.

She was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1958 and retired from the Army in 1963.

She was the subject of a February 23, 2000 NBC Nightly News report by Tom Brokaw about the forgotten heroes of the military.

After her death in 2002 she was also the recipient of a memorial resolution, drafted by Congressman Joe Baca of California, regarding her exemplary service to this nation.

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She was also the recipient of the Florence Nightingale Medal, the Red Cross' highest international honor.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Surgical/Evacuation Hospital UnitsPhilippine DepartmentPOW/MIAArmy Garrisons
AMEDD Activity Fort Eustis, VAWalter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DCUnited States Army Artillery and Missile Command8th Army
3rd ArmyAMEDD Activity Heidelberg, GermanyBrooke Army Medical Center
  1934-1939, Medical, Walter Reed Army General Hospital
  1940-1941, 3448, Philippine Department
  1941-1941, 3448, Philippine Department
  1941-1945, 3449, POW/MIA
  1945-1945, 3448, USAG Command, Fort Myer. VA
  1945-1946, 3449, AMEDD Activity Fort Eustis, VA
  1947-1948, 3448, Letterman Army Institute of Research (LAIR), Letterman Army Medical Center (LAMC)
  1949-1949, 3448, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
  1949-1950, 3448, United States Army Artillery and Missile Command
  1950-1951, 3448, 171st Station Hospital
  1951-1951, 3448, 361st Evacuation Hospital
  1951-1951, 3448, 171st Station Hospital
  1951-1953, 3430, 8th Army
  1953-1958, 3430, 3rd Army
  1958-1961, 3430, AMEDD Activity Heidelberg, Germany
  1961-1963, 3430, Brooke Army Medical Center
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1941-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - American Theater
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1951 US Occupation of Japan
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1952-1952 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, Los Angeles
  1924-1926, Glenville State College
  1946-1949, University of California, Los Angeles
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