Lyle R. Bradley, F4U Corsair Pilot, WWII & Korea, USMC

Lyle Bradley speaking at Discover Aviation Days, May 31, 2014, Blaine-Anoka Airport.

Lyle R. Bradley, F4U Corsair Pilot with missions in WWII off the carrier USS Bennington and during the Korean War from Yonpo Airfield (with VMF-214 squadron) to the Chosin Reservoir; there he supported the famous First Marine Division with close air support. Minnesota Air Reserve Pilot. See the excellent book, "Marine Wings" (2007).

Distinguished Flying Cross


Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Lyle R. Bradley (MCSN: 0-37371), United States Marine Corps, for heroism while participating in aerial flight against the enemy while serving as a pilot attached to a Marine Fighter Squadron in Korea. On 29 May 1951, First Lieutenant Bradley took off from an advanced air base on a special strike called to neutralize the enemy railroad marshalling yard at Sariwon. With his division, Lieutenant Bradley flew deep into North Korea to this enemy stronghold. Upon reaching the objective the flight was subjected to extremely intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire. Lieutenant Bradley, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, pressed home his bombing attack and materially contributed to the success of the assigned mission. As a result of this attack the marshalling yard, four locomotives, and numerous railroad cars were severely damaged. First Lieutenant Bradley's skillful flying and his fearless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commanding General 1st Marine Aircraft Wing: Serial: 12272 (December 31, 1951)

Action Date: May 29, 1951

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Marine Fighter Squadron
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