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In Memory of

James William Bradford

August 8, 1920 - September 1, 2017

Obituary


James William Bradford, retired Col. U.S. Air Force, age 97 of Austin Texas, was called by our heavenly Father on Thursday, September 1, 2017. James "Buddy" Bradford, served in the Army Air Corp and then the United States Air Force from 1942-1970. He was a fighter pilot in the Pacific theater during WWII. Among his commendations, he was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service in Korea, and the Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster for his engagements with the enemy in the skies over Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Japan. He is survived...

James William Bradford, retired Col. U.S. Air Force, age 97 of Austin Texas, was called by our heavenly Father on Thursday, September 1, 2017. James "Buddy" Bradford, served in the Army Air Corp and then the United States Air Force from 1942-1970. He was a fighter pilot in the Pacific theater during WWII. Among his commendations, he was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service in Korea, and the Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster for his engagements with the enemy in the skies over Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Japan. He is survived by his loving wife Gene Harkrider Bradford, brothers Fred and Don, and his sons Bill, Stuart, Eugene and Robin, and daughters-in-law Ellen, Debbie, Melissa and Cheryl, and grandchildren Lauren, Sam, Jackson, Brooke, Trey, Michael, James, and Sophie, and great grandchildren Forest, Luke, and Maverick.

James and Gene were married on June 10, 1946 at the United Methodist Church in Marshall, Texas, and celebrated 71 years of marriage traveling the world together through numerous duty stations including England, Korea, and throughout the U.S. He served as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force in England from 1952-1954. He was the Commander of the U.S. Air Force Advisory Group at Korean Air Force Headquarters in Seoul from 1959-1961.

James was a man of honor and duty- an honest and gentle man- a man totally devoted to family. He was an avid golfer and loved sharing this pastime with his sons and grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank caregivers Linda Thomas, Celeste Dodd, Barbara Hedlund, Doctors Kent Beasley, Richard Helmer, and Robert Groves for their kind and generous care.

Visitation will be held at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar, on Thursday, September 7, from 4-6 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Cook-Walden Chapel on Friday, September 8, at 2 p.m.

Suggested donations are United Methodist Church, Marshall Texas www.fumcmarshall.org, and the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg Texas pacificwarmuseum.org .

Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com