BRADLEY, LARRY ALAN
BRADLEY, LARRY ALAN
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CPL E-3, U.S. ARMY
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LARRY ALAN BRADLEY, CORPORAL, U.S. ARMY, VERHALEN, REEVES COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Larry was born in El Paso, Texas. He was the youngest and only son born to Jack and Darlene (known as Toad) Bradley. Larry had two older sisters, Barbara and Judy. In 1948, when Larry was six months old, the family moved to Pecos, Texas. Larry's father was a cotton farmer and raised cattle. Larry attended Pecos schools. In 1957, the family moved to Verhalen, Texas a small agriculture town 18 miles southwest of Pecos. In 1960, the family moved to Balmorhea and Larry attended junior high school and high school there. The family moved back to Verhalen while Larry was still in high school, but Larry continued to attend the Balmorhea schools. He was a 1965 graduate of Balmorhea High School. At Balmorhea High School, Larry was in FFA and showed sheep and was in grass judging. He was the manager of the football and basketball teams as he had knee problems and he could not get medical clearance to play. At his graduation ceremony, Larry sang "How Great Thou Art."
His sister, Barbara wrote, "Larry loved all animals. We always had dogs, once we had raccoon caught by our grandfather, and a very special sheep that was even allowed into the house. We always had horses and he loved to ride and rope. Larry worked with his father on the family farm. Larry was kind to everyone and would take up for those who had been wronged."
After high school, Larry attended Sul Ross State College in Alpine, Howard College in Big Spring and North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in Denton, Texas. In his senior year in college, Larry elected to enter the Army. His sister says it puzzled everyone because he was in college and doing well and didn't need too many courses to graduate with his degree. Larry enlisted in March 1969 and completed his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas and then completed infantry training at Fort Ord, California.
Larry Bradley-On Leave BeforeDepaarting for Vietnam
He began his tour in Vietnam on September 7, 1970, as an infantryman and was assigned to D Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade which was under the operational control of the Americal (23rd) Division. On January 7, 1970 three months after arriving in country. Larry's company was involved in a search and clear near Vinh Huy, South Vietnam. In the mission, Larry's platoon ran into a well concealed, well fortified North Vietnamese Army unit and Larry perished from gunshot wounds.
Larry was buried with full military honors in the Evergreen Cemetery in Pecos, Texas.
In a 1970 Memorial Day private ceremony at the parent's home, Larry's family was presented awards and decorations for his combat service. Larry was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the 3rd highest award for Valor, the Purple Heart and a posthumous promotion to Corporal.
January 1970-Last Known Picture Before His Death
Larry was survived by his parents, his sisters Barbara Conger, her husband and sons; and Judy Rowe, her husband and daughter. He was also survived by his grandmother, Mrs. H.G. Bradley, his great grandmother, Mrs. H.G. Salmon; his uncles and aunts.
His parents are now deceased and are buried next to him, his father in 1985 and his mother in 1990. His sister, Barbara Conger lives in Odessa and his sister, Judy Rowe lives in San Saba, Texas.
Evergreen Cemetery, Pecos, Texas