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Sgt Lester Lowell Braddy
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Birth: Oct. 18, 1918
Ogle County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 10, 1942, Philippines

SSgt Lester Lowell Braddy US Army Air Force, 48th Material Squadron, Air Force Combat Command, Philippine Islands (P.I.)

Lester joined up for the Army Air Corps a few weeks before his 20th birthday in October of 1938 in Illinois were he lived. The Army sent him to learn about airccraft mechanics at aeronautics school in Brooklyn, NY. After that he was stationed in Savannah, Georgia with the 48th Material Squadron.

While on a visit with a buddy to Morton, Mississippi he met his wife to be Emma in December of 40. She was a divorcee with son, Doug. On their second date in May of 41 they married.

In October of 1941 he was sent to P.I. His pregnant wife Emma and child moved to live with his parents in ILL. A few months later Pearl Harbor was bombed and WWII began.

In early April of 1942 P.I. fell and SSGT Braddy and most all the allied military there became POWs and were used as slave labor against Geneva Convention Rules. He had a daughter Sondra born on April 7th 42 but did not know.

SSGT Lester Braddy and his fellow allied soldiers were marched in the infamous grueling Bataan Death March in the sweltering heat and stifiling humidity which is beyond belief in itself let alone at gunpoint and with little water or rest. He saw the horrors of war firsthand and how cruel and unforgiving the enemy were. He must have thought of his family constintly to keep him going.

SSGT Lester L Braddy died from malaria as an American POW in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp #1 Cabananuan 1-2-3 Nueva Province, Luzon, P.I. 15-121 during World War II.

SSGT Lester L Braddy was only 23 years old when he died as a POW. He was a new husband, father, and father-to-be, and new to the War and would never see or hold or see grow up, his unborn daughter, young son and family again. His family did not hear of his passing until September of 43, more than a year after his death.

He was survived by his parents, wife, son and daughter. He was buried at Cabanatuan Cemetery in a group and then transfered by the family through the US government to a "small cemetery in Morton, MS.".

His daughter Sondra Braddy Davis never met her father as he died before she was born.

SSGT Lester L Braddy's fellow POW's concidered him a very good worker, very reliable as a soldier and look-out as a POW.

SSGT Lester L Braddy recieved the Bronze Star posthumosly for his efforts, and sacrifice.

- SSgt Lester L Braddy is remembered in a book by his daughter Sondra Braddy Davis called "The Lost Years".

Cabanatuan Memorial
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Created by: Scott Braddy
Record added: Aug 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40658383

- Scott Braddy
 Added: May. 4, 2012
SSGT Lester Lowell Braddy awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart
- Scott Braddy
 Added: May. 4, 2012
I'm a Braddy, former SSGT in the Marine Corps (so far un-related, but researching), and ran accross information on Lester Braddy and his daughter Sondra Braddy Davis contacted me and I was deeply touched and believe he should be entered here and remembere...(Read more)
- Scott Braddy
 Added: May. 4, 2012
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