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NH 105301 Lieutenant Willis W. Bradley, Jr., USN

Photo #: NH 105301  Lieutenant Willis W. Bradley, Jr., USN
Description: Halftone reproduction of a photograph, copied from the official publication Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy, page 114. He received the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism on 23 July 1917, during an ammunition explosion and fire on board USS Pittsburgh (Armored Cruiser # 4). U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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Medal of Honor citation of Lieutenant Willis Winter Bradley, Jr., USN (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 114):


"For extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on the U.S.S. Pittsburgh, at the time of an accidential explosion of ammunition on that vessel. On 23 July 1917, some saluting cartridge cases were being reloaded in the after casemate; through an accidential explosion occurred. Commander Bradley (then Lieutenant), who was about to enter the casemate, was blown back by the explosion and rendered momentarily unconscious, but while still dazed, crawled into the casemate to extinguish burning materials in dangerous proximity to a considerable amount of powder, thus preventing further explosions."

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