William Brooks Bradford – Major General, United States Army

21 January 1965 Tallahassee Democrat

Brooklyn, New York – Military services will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington at 2 p.m. Friday for Major General William Brooks Bradford (ret.), a native of Tallahassee, Florida.

General Bradford died in Rome, Italy at the age of 68 following a prolonged illness. Born in Tallahassee in 1896, he graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1916, and was appointed a Lieutenant of Cavalry in the Army in 1917. A graduate of the Ecole de la Cavalrie in Saumur, France, he became an outstanding horseman and as a
member of the U. S. Army Equestrian Team he starred both here and abroad. He participated in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, and in Los Angeles in 1932. He was Captain of the Equestrian Team in the Olympics in Berlin in 1936. Perhaps his greatest award was the gold Napoleon Cup by the Polish Ambassador to the United States, for being the world's outstanding horseman for three consecutive years.

He made his home following retirement in Asheville, North Carolina, Southern Pines, North Carolina, and Rome, Italy.

He is survived by his widow, one daughter, a step-son, two sisters and five grandchildren.

wbbradford-01Cadet William B. Bradford, Class of 1916, as a first classman.
Courtesy of Virginia Military Institute


United States Army

  • DATE OF BIRTH: 03/15/1896
  • DATE OF DEATH: 01/12/1965
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