|Birth: ||Feb. 18, 1965|
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 1985|
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
SP 4 US ARMY
A member of the Multinational Peace Keeping Force from Fort Campbell, Kentucky killed in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 in Gander, Newfoundland.
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Canadian Plane Crash
Boise man killed left Mideast early
A change in plans put Boisean Steven Bradshaw on an early flight home after duty on the Sinai Peninsula-the charter flight that crashed Thursday in Canada.
Spec. 4 Bradshaw's mother, Sharon, said her son called from Egypt on Sunday to wish his 22-year-old brother, Michael, a happy birthday.
"He said he was coming home early," Mrs. Bradshaw said. He was happy to be coming home."
Mrs. Bradshaw said Steven, 20, had been expected to return home from the 101st Airborne on Tuesday. But he got the opportunity to return early after he re-enlisted for a three-year stint in the Army.
Mrs. Bradshaw said she and her husband, Gary, who live at 1115 N. 17th St., Boise, Idaho, learned of the crash Thursday morning and prepared themselves for the worst. " I think we knew," she said. " We knew he was leaving the 11th."
After numerous attempts to reach a military telephone number established to provide family members with information yielded only busy signals and recordings, Mrs. Bradshaw said, her husband called Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where the 101st Airborne is based.
"We just finally decided after 6 o'clock that we would call Fort Campbell," she said. "WE had waited all day without a word from anybody."
An official at the base confirmed that Steven had been on the flight, she said.
A public affairs officer at Fort Campbell contacted late Thursday declined to confirm Bradshaw was a passenger on the flight, saying no names would be released until bodies were identified and families notified.
Gary Bradshaw said late Thursday that his family had yet to be formally notified by the Army.
Mr. Bradshaw said his son, who enlisted after graduating from Boise High School in 1983, was to be reassigned to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, the training base for the Army Corps of Engineers
Mrs. Bradshaw said Steven, a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Boise High, had liked his first two years of duty.
"He enjoyed it," she said. "He got out, he did some sightseeing. He was in really good spirits."
Steven's commanders in the ROTC program praised him.
"He was a fine young man, " Lt. Col. Tom Martin said. " It was just a tragedy and we all feel the loss."
Sgt. Ray Trueman said Bradshaw visited him at Boise High when he was home on leave.
" Every time he was home, he always stopped by to say hello," Trueman said. " He was definitely a good cadet."
The Idaho Statesman
Steven John Bradshaw, 20, of 1115 N. 17th St., Boise, ID, died Thursday, December 12, 1985, in a plane crash near Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. He was a U.S. Army specialist four in the 101st Airborne Division, and was enroute home early from his six-month stint with the multinational peacekeeping force on the Sinai Peninsula. The plane carrying 248 passengers and eight crew members crashed on takeoff from Gander International Airport; no one aboard survived.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 1986, at the Baptist Temple, 2620 N. 36th St., Boise. Pastor Kenneth Beckman of the First Church of Christ will officiate, with military rites provided by the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery, Boise Idaho. Arrangements are under direction of the Alden-Waggoner Chapel, Boise.
Army Spec. 4 Bradshaw was born February 18, 1965, at Boise, a son of Gary and Sharon Bradshaw. He grew up in Boise and graduated from Boise High School in 1983. He participated in the Reserve Officers Training Corps during high school, and enlisted in the Army during his senior year. He was Company clerk of Headquarter Co., and recently had re-enlisted for another three years. Following a short leave, Steven was to be assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, where he planned to become a heavy equipment operator.
Survivors include his parents, Gary and Sharon Bradshaw of Boise; two brothers, Michael and Charles, both of Boise; a sister, Chelli Bradshaw of Boise; maternal grandparents, Reinhart and Emma Kunz of Boise; and paternal grandmother, Lorena Maye Bradshaw of LaGrande, OR. He was a nephew of Beverly and Dean Mitchell of Portland, and John and Sue Kunz of Big Creek, CA.
Friends may call today from noon until 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alden-Waggoner Chapel in Boise, ID.
The Idaho Statesman
February 17, 1986
Contributed by Dorothy Peterson Kunz
Dry Creek Cemetery
Plot: Valleyview 022 03-D
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Record added: May 01, 2009
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