Rash's Surname Index

Notes for Henry Banning II BRADFORD

Henry B. ''Hank'' Bradford, of Albany Avenue, West Hartford, died Friday (August 6, 1999) at his home. He was born on October 19, 1921 in Bridgeport. ''Hank'', as all who knew him well, graduated from Kent High School in 1939. He graduated from Yale University Magna Cum Laude in just three years in order to join the Navy in 1942. His final Yale exams were taken and passed during his first leave from the Navy. Typical of the ironies and challenges that he always successfully conquered andin spite of his degrees in Chinese, French, and Political Science, Naval Intelligence assigned him to an advanced Japanese Study Program in Boulder, CO. Then, as a Naval Intelligence Officer, he became a member of the team that broke the Japanese Naval Codes, bringing vital information and subsequent victory to the U.S. in the Battle of Midway. He not only participated in valuable intelligence work, but also saw active duty including the Battles of Okinawa and Iwojima. During the Korean Conflict,Hank once again volunteered as a soldier and an intelligence officer, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander and special advisor to Admiral Joy at Panmunjom. After Korea, he held diplomatic posts in Tokyo, The Hague, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Paris, inthe Foreign Service. Taking a new avenue, he entered the Defense Department in Washington, DC, specializing in procurement and offset management for the U.S. Navy. In 1975, a new path brought Hank to his original Connecticut roots to work for UnitedTechnologies and several of its subsidiaries as Director of Internation Offset Programming. At this time, he had taken his linguistic abilities to new heights by speaking 14 languages, most of which he became fluent in, and to use them to win contracts for commercial use of Pratt & Whitney engines. Our husband and dad died peacefully at home after battling for 15 years Synaptic Nerve Degeneration, a little understood variant of Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his adoring, faithful and most beloved wife, Jacqueline Andrews Bradford of West Hartford, who tirelessly fought for his medical rights and comfort. In addition, his adoring daughter, Wendy Bliss Bradford of New Britain; and his adoring son, Thomas Andrews Bradford of West Hartford, commemorate his life to God. His younger brother, Joseph O. Bradford, resides in Wilmington, DE; and his younger sister, Sarah A. Gilchrist, resides in Stonington. Mark Robinson, Pastor, will preside over a memorial service at the Calvary Church in Stonington on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that you give to the carity of your choice that best represents a benefit to your loved ones.

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