Bradley, Thomas Walter, PhM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1945-1945, PhM-0000, USS Hansford (APA-106)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate

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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sparta, TN
Last Address
Sparta, TN

Casualty Date
Mar 04, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Big Springs Cemetery - Sparta, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
US Navy27th Marine RegimentUSS Hansford (APA-106)
  1944-1944, PhM-0000, USS Baxter (APA-94)
  1944-1945, PhM-0000, 27th Marine Regiment
  1945-1945, PhM-0000, USS Hansford (APA-106)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
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  Jun 22, 2012, General Photos10
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Last Known Activity
    The 27th Marine Regiment was born out of World War II on January 10, 1944. It was formed at Camp Pendleton, California as
part of the 5th Marine Division. In August of that year, the Regiment relocated to Camp Tarawa in the territory of Hawaii.

In January 1945, the 27th Marines received its first combat assignment; the invasion of Iwo Jima. The seizure of Iwo Jima was considered vital to the American war effort as it was approximately 750 miles from the Japanese Islands. American authorities felt that the island would provide the United States with an excellent base from which fighter planes could protect and escort B-29's on their raids.

The invasion of Iwo Jima began on 19 February, 1945. The 27th Marines stormed ashore at 0900 in its designated area of Beaches Red 1 and Red 2. The Regiment was initially assigned the mission of helping to cut off and isolate Mount Suribachi from the rest of the island. As the Marines pushed inland, resistance by the Japanese became more and more determined. Once Mount Suribachi was isolated, the Regiment was ordered to move north to join with the other units in continuing the attack on the main enemy defenses. Rugged terrain, heavy enemy fire, and well placed land mines all combined at times to hold the attacking Marines to a standstill. They repeatedly met the Japanese in hard, close combat.

On 16 March, Iwo Jima was declared secure, although some resistance continued for about two months. The severity of the fighting left 566 killed and 1703 wounded in the 27th Marines alone. Four Marines from the Regiment earned the Medal of Honor (the nation's highest award for valor). 

Sadly TW Bradley was killed in action on March 4th. He moved forward of the front line in the face of a deadly barrage of mortar, artillery and machine gun fire in order to administer first aid to several wounded men. Finding one man seriously wounded and needing immediate medical attention, and knowing that it would be impossible for litter bearers to get through to the man, he carried the man to a defiladed area. Ignoring the please of several members of his company not to return to the front lines, he then returned to the same area and began rendering first aid to other wounded. By this time the enemy had successfully outflanked his position and he was subjected to an even heavier and more intense fire. By using hand grenades he helped the wounded until he himself became a casualty.

In April 1945, the 27th Marines again found itself back at Camp Tarawa where it started to reform and prepare for the invasion of Japan.

The capitulation of the Japanese cancelled the plans for the invasion and on 16 September, the Regiment sailed to Japan for occupation duty. Returning to the United States on 20 December, the 27th Marines was deactivated at Camp Pendleton on 10 January 1946.                                          
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
1945
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Thomas Walter Bradley (NSN: 8452991), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman attached to the First Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 4 March 1945. Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Bradley, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, moved forward of the front line in the face of a deadly barrage of mortar, artillery and machine gun fire in order to administer first aid to several wounded men. Finding one man seriously wounded and needing immediate medical attention, and knowing that it would be impossible for litter bearers to get through to the man, he carried the man to a defiladed area. Ignoring the please of several members of his company not to return to the front lines, he then returned to the same area and began rendering first aid to other wounded. By this time the enemy had successfully outflanked his position and he was subjected to an even heavier and more intense fire. By using hand grenades he helped the wounded until he himself became a casualty. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Bradley undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 34921 (April 24, 1945)
Action Date: 4-Mar-45
Service: Navy
Rank: Pharmacist's Mate Second Class
Company: Corpsman (Attached)
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 27th Marines
Division: 5th Marine Division
   
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