Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson University:
Alfred E. Bradley (1864-1922) was born in Jamestown, New York, and graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1887; during the same year, he married Letitia Follett. Dr. Bradley entered the Army medical corps the following year. His first commission was service as First Lieutenant and Assistant Surgeon at David's Island, New York Harbor, later known as Fort Slocum. He later served at Fort Omaha, Nebraska and Fort Sully, South Dakota, with temporary duties at the Bellevue Rifle Range and the Sioux uprising at the Rose Bud Indian Agency. He became an Army Captain in 1893 and moved on to Fort Custer and Fort Yellowstone.
During the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection, Bradley served on a hospital ship that traveled to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Gibraltar, Japan, and Hawaii. He later served at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, as Attending Surgeon in the Philippines, at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, as Commanding Officer of the division hospital in the Philippines, at the Grand Army of the Republic encampment of Civil War veterans at Gettysburg, at Governor's Island, New York, in England as Military Observer with the British and in France as First Chief Surgeon with the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. Bradley was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his services abroad.
Bradley reached the rank of Brigadier General, but was returned to his previous rank of Colonel following a long period of illness. Recurrent illnesses plagued him throughout 1918 and 1919, and he retired from the military in March 1920. Bradley died in 1922 and was buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 1, Grave 196. He and his wife had two children, Follett and Harriet.
His wife, Letitia M. Follett Bradley (1867-1946) is buried with him as are his son, Follett Bradley, Major General, United States Army Air Forces, and his grandson, Follett Bradley, Jr., First Lieutenant, United States Army Air Forces (1916-1941). Also in this plot are General Follett Bradley's two wives, Katherine Rising Bradley (1892-10 December 1926) and Hester Foster Bradley (29 November 1899-9 September 1968).
BRADLEY, ALFRED E
Brig Gen United States Army
- DATE OF DEATH: 12/16/1922
- BURIED AT: SECTION 1 SITE 197-A-WS
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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