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Omar Nelson Bradley (1893–1981)
CLASS OF 1915

Until 1943, when Bradley took command of II Corps in North Africa, he had never seen combat. Most of his army life had been spent learning or teaching about war. But given the chance, Bradley showed himself to be one of those indispensable right hands, like Jackson or Sherman, who make the grand strategy of a Lee, a Grant, or an Eisenhower work.

With Eisenhower as supreme commander, Bradley advanced from corps commander in North Africa and Sicily to command the First Army in the Normandy invasion, then the 12th Army Group in the victory over Germany. No other general in American history commanded so many troops in the field—1.3 million—as Bradley did in 1945.

After the war, Bradley headed the Veterans Administration, then succeeded Eisenhower as army chief of staff. He later became the first chairman of the new joint chiefs of staff.



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Omar Nelson Bradley
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1893–1981
Class of 1915





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