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WILLIE B BRADFORD


is honored on Panel 43E, Line 65 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of SP4 Willie B. Bradford

    Posted on 5/2/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    During the pre-dawn hours of March 9, 1968, the Battle of LZ Litts took place two miles northeast of Phu My City in Binh Dinh Province, RVN. Nineteen Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) were in formation, using the area for a night laager when they were hit by enemy fire beginning at approximately 3:15 AM. The 8th Battalion of the 22nd North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Regiment, as part of its mission to reinforce the 2nd Viet Cong Regiment, attacked D Company, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry, with a continuous B-40 Rocket Barrage that was first reported as incoming mortar fire. The primary attack came from the west and northwest, with other assaults from the south and north. PFC Joseph E. Perez, a driver of one of the APC’s, died after a rocket round penetrated the front wall of the track, killing him instantly. Another trooper, SP4 Willie B. Bradford, was killed when an incoming mortar round exploded near the tent he had pitched behind his APC. Bradford suffered a massive throat wound and despite the determined effort of the medic, he likely died immediately. Also killed in the battle were PFC Melvin R. Leavell and SP4 Edward M. Sternin. Illumination flares which had been prudently prepared before the battle and tripped by the NVA revealed hundreds of enemy troops attacking in various sized formations. Fifty-caliber and M60 machine guns, as well as close-in mortar fire, M16 rifle, and grenades rained a hot counterattack on the enemy. Dozens of NVA were confirmed killed in the assault. The Delta Company Commanding Officer was wounded in the initial volley and the main communications antennae were knocked out, causing a temporary lapse in reporting the events to the Battalion TOC (Tactical Operations Center) at nearby LZ Uplift. During the battle, a medivac helicopter crew survived a crash caused by enemy fire and crawled into the friendly APC encirclement. Medivac of wounded was not affected until 6:30 AM. Apart from the four U.S. losses, one APC was totally destroyed and four others were severely damaged. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and ichiban1.org]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 5/28/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SPEC 4 WILLIE BRADFORD,
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN INFANTRYMAN. IT IS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, BUT ON ALL DAYS WE SHOULD HONOR YOU. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 3/9/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Spec. 4 Bradford for your leadership and courage under fire.
  • Silver Star

    Posted on 7/23/14 - by ED Klek D 1-1 1966
    Not mentioned here,however Willie Bradford was awarded the Silver Star for valor.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/10/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Willie B Bradford, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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