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Omar Bradley

US WWII General Omar Bradley

Full Name: Omar Nelson Bradley
Profession: US WWII General

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Bradley graduated from the famous West Point Academy class of 1915, known colloquially as the "class the stars fell on", as it included future colleague Dwight D. Eisenhower and several people who would become high-ranking officers in the military.

During World War I Bradley was involved with guarding copper mines in Butte, Montana. In the interwar period he taught other officers, with positions at West Point and eventually taking a position at the War Department. He later became the commander of the United States Infantry School.

During World War II, Bradley was one of the most senior Allied commanders. He took front-line command in Operation Torch under George S. Patton, and later commanded II Corps in Tunisia and Italy. He then took charge of the First United States Army in Operation Overlord. After that he commanded the single largest unit ever put under a single field commander: Twelfth United States Army Group, comprised of 1.3 million men.

Bradley's distinguished career continued after the war, serving as the head of the Veterans Administration, the Chief of the United States Army and then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Harry S. Truman and his former World War II boss Dwight D. Eisenhower. He left active service in 1953.

Born: February 12, 1893
Birthplace: Clark, Missouri, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: April 8, 1981 (aged 88)
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrhythmia

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