b. 1837 Danesville, New York. d. 09/06/1894 Spokane, Washington.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24/04/1862 Fort Jackson, Louisiana.
Born in 1837 in Dansville, New York, Bradley was still living in that state when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War as a landsman on the USS Varuna. At the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip near New Orleans on April 24, 1862, Varuna was rammed twice by the Confederate steamer CSS Governor Moore (formerly known as the Charles Morgan) and eventually sunk. Bradley was stationed at the ship's wheel and showed "the greatest courage" throughout the close-range fight. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor a year later, on April 3, 1863.
Served on board the U.S.S. Varuna in one of the most responsible positions, during the attacks on Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and while in action against the rebel ship Morgan, 24 April 1862. Although guns were raking the decks from behind him, Bradley remained steadfast at the wheel throughout the thickest of the fight, continuing at his station and rendering service with the greatest courage until his ship, repeatedly holed and twice rammed by the rebel ship Morgan, was beached and sunk.
BURIAL LOCATION: GREENWOOD MEMORIAL TERRACE, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON.
Space 1, Section 89, Lawn 8
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