My name is Cadet 4th Class Daniel M. Bradley. I am a student at the U.S. Air Force Academy. I have a question that may be obscure and even unanswerable, but I figure the least I can do is ask.
My dad and I have spent a lot of time trying to put together a collection of my grandfather’s war medals, and we have had a lot of issues. My grandfather was Pfc. Daniel Bradley and he served in the 99th during World War II. I never met him because he died long before I was born, but my dad always tells me about the kind of man he was. His war medals, diary and other effects have been either misplaced or sold by other members of the family, so my dad and I tried to get some of his medals back through the U.S. government (copies of the medals). However, we could only prove some of his medals; most of his war records were lost in a fire before records were kept electronically.
We proved his Purple Heart, earned at the Battle of the Bulge. However, we were unable to get his POW recognition (also from the Bulge) and multiple other honors. We hope that by contacting the Checkerboard, we can be put in touch with someone who knew him or someone who can provide proof of my grandfather’s actions. Any response, even a negative one, would be appreciated.
C4C Daniel M. Bradley
PO Box 4575
USAF Academy CO 80841