Bradley, Robert Graham, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, USS Princeton (CVL-23)
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Washington, DC
Last Address
1217 Clement Pl
Silver Springs, MD

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSTA Norfolk, VAUSS Princeton (CVL-23)
  1942-1942, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1943-1944, USS Princeton (CVL-23)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Treasury-Bougainville Operation
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1939-1942, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 13, 1942, Commissioned as Ensign
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 30, 1984, USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG-49) commissioned2
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Last Known Activity

On 20 October 1944, landings were made at Dulag and San Pedro Bay, Leyte. USS Princeton (CVL-23) cruised off Luzon and sent her planes against airfields there to prevent Japanese land-based aircraft attacks on Allied ships massed in Leyte Gulf.

On 24 October, however, the task group was found by enemy planes. Shortly before
10:00 a.m. Princeton was attacked by a lone Yokosuka D4Y 'Judy'. The dive bomber dropped a single bomb, which struck the carrier between the elevators, punching through the wooden flight deck and hangar before exploding. Although structural damage was minor, a fire broke out and quickly spread owing to burning gasoline, and caused further explosions. At 15:24, a second and larger explosion shook the Princeton, possibly caused by an explosion of one or more bombs in the magazine. Birmingham suffered extensive damage to her superstructure and considerable casualties. Efforts to save the carrier continued, but by 16:00, the fires were out of control. The remaining personnel were evacuated.

Lt Bradley was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Princeton (CVL 23)
General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 01453 (
November 17, 1944)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Robert Graham Bradley (NSN: 0-165385), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Light Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. PRINCETON (CVL-23), during operations against enemy Japanese forces in Philippine waters during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. After his ship was hit with a bomb from an enemy aircraft, Lieutenant Bradley led efforts to control the resulting fires and explosions until conditions became unbearable and personnel on the after part of the ship were ordered to leave. He supervised the safe departure of his men, and he was among the last to leave, and after being rescued by a destroyer, returned to the ship and continued to fight fires and control explosions. His courage and skill were in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service.
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