Bradley, Ruben born 19-12-1907 in Spencer, Roane County, West Virginia, USA was one of the most decorated women in United States military history. She was a native of Spencer, West Virginia but lived in Falls Church, Virginia, for 50+ years.
Bradley entered the Army Nurse Corps as a surgical nurse in 1934. She was serving at Camp John Hay in the Philippines when she was captured by Japanese forces three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In 1943, she was moved to the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila. It was there that she and several other imprisoned nurses earned the title “Angels in Fatigues” from fellow captives. For the next several months, she provided medical help to the prisoners and sought to feed starving children by shoving food into her pockets whenever she could, often going hungry herself. As she lost weight, she used the room in her uniform for smuggling surgical equipment into the prisoner-of-war camp. At the camp she assisted in 230 operations and helped to deliver 13 children. When U.S. troops liberated the camp on 03-02-1945, Bradley weighed only 86 pounds (39 kg).
Bradley served in the Korean War as Chief Nurse for the 171st Evacuation Hospital before being named Chief Nurse for the Eighth Army in 1951 where she supervised over 500 Army nurses throughout Korea. It was there that she refused to leave until she had loaded the sick and wounded onto a plane while surrounded by 100,000 Chinese soldiers. She was able to jump aboard the plane just as her ambulance exploded from an enemy shell.
She was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1958 and retired from the Army in 1963. Her military record included 34 medals and citations of bravery, including two Legion of Merit medals, two Bronze stars, two Presidential Emblems, the World War II Victory Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.
She was the subject of a 23-02-2000 NBC Nightly News report by Tom Brokaw about the forgotten heroes of the military.
Death and burial ground of Bradley, Ruby Grace.
She was also the recipient of a memorial resolution drafted by Congressman Joe Baca of California, regarding her exemplary service to this nation after her death on 26-05- 2002, aged 94, in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky, USA. Ruby Bradley is buried on the Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA, Section 21, Site 318.