|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1920|
El Paso County
|Death: ||Oct. 23, 1999|
Dr. Bradford Hardie III, who spent 40 years in El Paso as an ophthalmologist, volunteered at Thomason General Hospital for 13 years, and served as secretary-treasurer for the El Paso County Medical Society, died recently at age 78.
Hardie was born in El Paso on Oct. 30, 1920, the oldest of two sons parented by Mineta Henning Hardie and Bradford Hardie Jr. In 1926 El Paso suffered from depression so Bradford's parents moved from their rented house to live with paternal grandparents. Then all of them moved to Dallas where Bradford received his early education.
"He was in kindergarten, near sighted and wore glasses. So whenever he was caught in a fight he always had someone hold his glasses," his daughter Tricia said.
In high school he enrolled in ROTC. He had a paper route and saved enough money to attend camp Dallas in Mineral Wells. He graduated in 1938 and enrolled in Texas A&M, working at the University's Library.
"I will remember his love of reading," said his wife Rebekah. (He would read to Becky while she was working in the kitchen.) "He loved the library, and would often go twice a week for more books."
In December 1941 he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering and the following day enlisted in the Army, where he was put on limited service because of nearsightedness. He had taken a one semester elective course in cryptoanalysis, so after two weeks with the Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, N.J.
he was sent to Washington, D.C., to work at the War Department Code Center, receiving and sending cryptograms. In a paper written by his daughter, Tricia, she describes her father's encounter with President Franklin D.Roosevelt. His task in the code room was to decipher cryptograms from London with messages from English prime Minister Winston Churchill (PRIME) to (POTUS) American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"On Dec. 18, 1942, at about 9:40 p.m. Dad was asked to take a message to the White House. When he got there he entered on the ground floor at the left end ... on this night he was stopped about 10 feet from the map room and told to wait. The door suddenly opened and out came President Roosevelt into the corridor. He was in light-colored Palm Beach attire. He smiled at my dad and escorted him to the map room. The next day Dad discovered that he had not worn the brass insignia on his blouse which was his identification to go into the map room while working."
Hardie's book titled "The Cryptographer's Way" gives a detailed account of his many interesting World War II experiences. During his 12 months in Paris he lived near the Arc de Triomphe. He loaned his double-barreled flare pistol to a couple of buddies on the night of VE day so they could shoot flares from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. In Europe he worked in the Army's Signal Corps as a cryptographer, spending 17 months of his duty in England, France, Belgium, and Germany. For five months he lived near Hyde Park in London and helped crack messages intercepted from the German Enigma code machines, a device used to send encrypted messages.
On May 8, 1945, he returned to America and worked at Arlington Hall until the end of his four-year tour of duty. He began working in the Research and Development sections with cypher machines and equipment for cryptography. There he met an attractive teen-ager from North Carolina, Rebekah Esther Boone, who was working as a clerk typist.
He had already decided to go into medicine, so enrolled in Texas A&M for one year of pre-med. He was accepted at John Hopkins in Baltimore where he received his medical doctorate in 1951.
On Nov. 8, 1952, Bradford and Rebekah married in the Boone, North Carolina, Methodist church. He completed his residency at Wilmer Institute of ophthalmology at John Hopkins in 1954. He had risen from the rank of second lieutenant to captain and was awarded two bronze battle stars on his European Theater of Operations ribbon.
He died Oct. 23, leaving his wife Rebekah and their five children: daughters Beckie Hardie of Arlington, Va, Barbara Hudson, of Cullowhee, N.C., Leslie Hardie of Round Rock, Texas, Tricia Washer of El Paso, Sarah Coppock of Houston, one brother, Charles Hardie, and six grandchildren.
CPT, US ARMY
Fort Bliss National Cemetery
El Paso County
Plot: J, 0, 3020
Maintained by: astrojet
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 752079
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