New England Air Museum
Forrest Edmond Bradberry Sr


Recent Address:

Palestine, TX



Family Information:

Parents: Jordan and Lela; Wife: Evenell; Children: Rebecca, Forrest, and Robert


Palestine, TX

Date Entered Service:

January 8, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

CBI and Tinian

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:



Air Offensive Japan, China Campaign, Eastern Mandates Campaign, Central Burma Campaign, India – Burma Campaign and Air Combat Palembang, Sumatra.


Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Battle Star (which notes a total of 6 battle stars), Distinguished Unit Badge (3 oak leave clusters noting 3 awards), the Presidential Unit Citation and Good Conduct Medal, as well as the World War II Victory Medal.

Service Schools Attended:


Military Specialty(ies):


Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:


Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 12, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Master Sergeant in the Army National Guard in the 1950's.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

He opened Brad's Grocery after the war, worked on the railroad and in the oil fields. He worked at L&L Shoe Store and owned the old Elk Theatre in Elkhart for a while. He later became the Conoco Distributor and local dealer for the Houston Post and then the Houston Chronicle. He owned Cooper Transfer and Storage Moving Company and later worked for TDCJ retiring in 1985.


Mr. Bradberry passed away on December 4, 2010.  He is buried at the City Cemetery in Palestine, TX.


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