Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 3053rd Quartermaster Salvage Collection Company
  • Location of Service: Camp Carson, Colorado; Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming; Le Harve, France; Luxembourg; Belgium; Germany; European Theater
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant

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“We found, in Europe, that people treated us just like any other unit of soldiers.” (Video interview 19:37)

Coming of age in segregated, small town Missouri at the beginning of World War II, Odra Bradley was desperate to escape the limited educational and professional opportunities available to African Americans. In his oral history interview, he describes how his military service yielded tangible benefits--such as the GI Bill--but also broadened his view of the world and taught him to coexist with a wide range of people, including the German civilians he interacted with during his time with 3053rd Quartermaster Salvage Collection Company in the European Theater. The respect extended to him by Europeans demonstrated that poor treatment on the basis of skin color was not an immutable fact of life, even for an African American soldier serving in the segregated Army

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[ Application for Servicemen's Readjustment Allowance ]
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[ Memoir, "Additional Biographical Information -- Odra "Brad" Bradley, PhD" ]
[ Letter to Father [08/02/1942] ]
[ Letter to "Pop" [?] [05/16/1943] ]
[ Letter requesting a copy of his discharge paperwork ]

About this Item

Title

  • Odra W. Bradley Collection

Names

  • Maish, Elissa
  • Bradley, Odra W.
  • Bradley, Odra

State of Birth

  • MO

Home State

  • AZ

Headings

  • -  Bradley, Odra W.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • Black or African American

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 3053rd Quartermaster Salvage Collection Company
    • Location of Service: Camp Carson, Colorado; Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming; Le Harve, France; Luxembourg; Belgium; Germany; European Theater
    • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1945
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 02/13/2015)
  • Video: Flash Drive [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 02/13/2015)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [3 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1942 - 1953)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [12 items] -- Photograph (collected 1943 - 2008)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2015)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [7 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1943 - 1953)
  • Photograph: Copy photographic print [2 items] -- Portrait (collected 1935)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/99995

Cite as

  • Odra W. Bradley Collection (AFC/2001/001/99995), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Maish, Elissa, Odra W Bradley, and Odra Bradley. Odra W. Bradley Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.99995/.

APA citation style:

Maish, E., Bradley, O. W. & Bradley, O. (1942) Odra W. Bradley Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.99995/.

MLA citation style:

Maish, Elissa, Odra W Bradley, and Odra Bradley. Odra W. Bradley Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.99995/>.