|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1948|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 1968|
Tan An, Vietnam
CPL - E4 - Army - Selective Service
25th Infantry Division
B Co. 1/5 Mech Bobcats
Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Nov 19, 1968
Casualty was on Dec 29, 1968
In HUA NGHIA, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
Body was recovered
On December 29, 1968, at 0900 hours, a member of the Recon Platoon was wounded by a booby trapped hand grenade. Company B was operating 2 kilometers northwest of Trung Lap. At 1014 hours, at XT 571233, a booby trapped 155mm artillery round was detonated by an APC. Five Bobcats from Company B were killed and eleven wounded by the explosion, which also destroyed the APC.
At 1050 hours, an APC from Company C detonated a booby trap injuring three Bobcats.
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Below are comments, from Leonard's, friend Joe Ieraci.
This picture is taken, from his high school, yearbook, we graduated from tyrone, high school, in 1966. leonards nickname in school was 'BRICK.' his hobbies were hunting, fishing and cars. leonard was, tall and lanky and somewhat accident prone, for example one time, we were tearing down, a porch and the boss, told us not to wear sneakers, well leonard wore, sneakers and 20, minutes later, he was at the hospital with a rusty nail, in his foot. Leonard will, be missed by all, who knew him.
Jun 26, 2009
Leonard E. Bradford Tyrone Daily Herald 1/8/1969
Military Rites Set For Tyrone Victim Of War
A full military ceremony will be a part of funeral services here on Friday for Cpl. Leonard E. Bradford, 20, of Tyrone, who died of wounds while fighting in South Vietnam on Dec. 29. The youth, a 1966 graduate of Tyrone Area High School, had been in the service seven months and in Vietnam two months. He was the son of Edward S. and Anna Caum Bradford, of 1512 Logan ave. He was born at Philipsburg on Aug. 31, 1948. Funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Feller Memorial Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. James A. Delong, pastor of First English Lutheran Church. The funeral home announced today that a contingent of servicemen from Pittsburgh will form a burial detail, including an honor guard, a color guard, a firing squad and pallbearers and arrive here Friday for the funeral. Cpl. Bradford is survived by his parents, his grandparents, Howard L. Caum, Tyrone, and Samuel E. Bradford, Altoona; three sisters, Mrs. Gary (Mona) Mingle, Tyrone; Miss Leila Bradford, Altoona, and Mrs. Lynn (Maureen) Walgenback, of Johnstown. The youth was a member of the 25th Infantry Division, Co. D, First Battalion, 5th Infantry Brigade. He was engaged in a firefight near Cu Chi, S. Vietnam, when he stepped on an enemy land mine and suffered fatal shrapnel wounds of the body when the mine exploded. He was the first Tyrone resident to die in the Vietnam fighting. He had been inducted in June of last year. Burial will be in Blair Memorial Park. Friends will be received at the funeral home this evening from 7 to 9 p.m., on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and until the hour of service on Friday.
Courtesy of F A G member, Annie
Blair Memorial Park
Created by: Denis McDonough
Record added: Feb 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48006848