(06/01/2002)
Funeral services are scheduled today in Martin, Kentucky for the most decorated woman in U. S. military history, Roane County native Col. Ruby Bradley. Bradley died May 28 in Hazard, Kentucky after suffering a heart attack. She was 94.

Bradley taught a one-room school in Roane County before going off to become a U. S. Army nurse, and spending three years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in World War II. She also served in the Korean War on the front lines, and was chief of the Eighth Army from 1952-53.

She received dozens of military medals and was recognized by the American Red Cross with the Florence Nightingale award for her service while a POW. She received an honorary doctorate from WVU.

Spencer had a special day in her honor in 1991.

She was the daughter of the late Fred O. and Bertha Welch Bradley. She is survived by two nephews and two nieces.

Col. Bradley will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery on July 2.


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