Full Name: Omar Nelson Bradley
Profession: US WWII General
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.
- 1911-08-01 Omar Bradley, aged 18, begins education in West Point Military Academy
- 1941-02-21 Omar Bradley is promoted to the rank of brigadier general
- 1943-02-17 Major General Omar Bradley flies to Washington, D.C.
- 1943-02-23 Major General Omar Bradley arrives in Dakar & Marrakesh
- 1943-02-24 Major General Omar Bradley flies to Algiers
- 1943-09-08 Lieutenant-General Omar Bradley flies to Carthago/Algiers from Sicily
- 1943-09-09 Lieutenant-General Omar Bradley flies from Algiers to Marrakech/Prestwick
- 1943-09-10 Lieutenant-General Omar Bradley arrives in Prestwick/London
- 1944-06-01 Allied generals Bernard Montgomery, George S. Patton, Omar Bradley, Miles Dempsey and Harry Crerar meet in Portsmouth, England just prior to D-Day
- 1944-07-19 US general Omar Bradley flies to England
- 1944-08-13 Allied generals Bernard Montgomery, Miles Dempsey and Omar Bradley discuss a future breakthrough in the European theatre during World War II
- 1944-08-19 US general Omar Bradley visits British general Bernard Montgomery
- 1944-08-23 British general Bernard Montgomery consults with US Generals Omar Bradley and Dwight D. Eisenhower
- 1944-10-18 Allied generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery confer in Brussels, Belgium
- 1945-03-24 Allied generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bernard Montgomery and Omar Bradley discuss advance in Germany
- 1945-03-26 Allied generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George S. Patton launch attack at Remagen on the Rhine
- 1948-02-07 Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as US Army Chief of Staff
- 1950-09-22 Omar Bradley promoted to rank of 5-star general in the United States Army
- 1953-08-15 General Omar Bradley leaves office as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after four years and retires from active military service