MICHAEL F. BRADLEY, MAJ, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Michael Bradley '79

Date of birth: March 14, 1956

Date of death: September 8, 1993

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1979 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From UPI on Sept. 9, 1993:

SAN DIEGO -- The Marine Corps Thursday identified two men killed when their helicopter crashed at an airfield.

The Corps said Maj. Michael F. Bradley, 37, of Greensburg, Pa., and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dale W. Phillips, 34, a flight surgeon from Pell City, Ala., were killed Wednesday when the rotor of their Cobra gunship apparently broke in flight and the craft plunged onto the tarmac at Montgomery Airfield.

The date of the accident was September 8, 1993. Mike was a member of MAG-46 Detachment A.

From North County Blade-Citizen on September 12, 1993:

(from a written statement released by Michael's family) His “passions for lacrosse and naval aviation, combined with a wonderful sense of humor, transcended all aspects of his life,” it states. "His dedication to family and friends was his driving force."

He coached the San Dieguito High School lacrosse team and played as a goalie with the Moon-doggies, a San Diego lacrosse club.

Born in Camden. N.J., Bradley grew up in Huntington, Long Island, with his two brothers and three sisters. He graduated from the U S. Naval Academy and was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1979, than attended Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Fla.

As a pilot, he flew helicopters on Western Pacific deployments with HMLA 367 and later with HMLA 369, both based at Pendleton. He joined the reserves in 1991 to fly a Super Cobra with HMLA 775, serving as the squadron’s operations officer.

During Operation Desert Storm, when HMLA 369 was deployed to Saudi Arabia. Bradley stayed at Camp Pendleton and served as the squadron's liaison with its key-wives, a support group for spouses of deployed Marines.

"He went above and beyond his assigned duty to make sure the wives had information and support, said Pam Lew is, one of the women in the group. He had access to the squadron and was always available by telephone.

Bradley also served as the squadron's casualty-assistance officer and was responsible for notifying the families of two Marine aviators killed during the operation, she said....

Bradley is survived by his wife, Jean (Schaum) Bradley, formerly of Montgomery, Ala.; his parents, Frank and Betty Bradley of Melbourne, Fla.; sisters, Keats, Su and Trish; and brothers, Jim and Paul.

A later investigation concluded that metal fatigue in the main rotor caused the rotor to come apart and the helicopter to crash.

He is interred at the Naval Academy Cemetery.

Remembrances

From an email on February 22, 2018:

Mike had a wonderful sense of humor, he could be silly and was playful, he made me laugh often. He was genuine, honest, and had integrity. I met Mike in early 1980. He was a student in the USMC, and wanted to fly cobras. I believe Mike was selected for jets, but didn't want to fly jets. We lived at the same apartment complex here in Pensacola and we dated right up to the time he left for San Diego. I only heard from Mike one time after he left. The last time I saw Mike was in 1986 here in Pensacola. I was visiting and had a chance to see him. Denise Schweich


Class of 1979

Michael is one of 15 members of the Class of 1979 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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