ARMY'S MOST HIGHLY DECORATED NURSE
Colonel Ruby Grace Bradley, born in Roane County, W. Va. in 1907, served in both World War II and the Korean War. She was the third woman in Army history to be promoted to the rank of Colonel and was the most highly decorated Army nurse, having received 34 medals for her service. She was a Prisoner of War from 29 Dec 1941 until 12 Feb 1945. After retiring from the military in 1963, she returned to Roane County where she worked as a private-duty nursing supervisor until 1980. She passed away on 28 May 2002 at the age of 94. She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
OBITUARY - Floyd County Times, Friday, May 31, 2002
Ruby Grace Bradley - Age 94, of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, Hazard, Ky. She was born December 19, 1907, in Spencer, W. Va., the daughter of the late Fred O. Bradley and Bertha Welch Bradley. She was a retired U.S. Army Colonel, having served in World War II and Korea. She received an honorary doctorate degree from WVU, and was a member of the Dulin Methodist Church, Falls Church, Virginia. Survivors include two nephews, Charles Bradley of Prestonsburg, Ky., and William Pritchard of St. Louis, Mo.; two nieces, Carol Hawks of Chapala, Mexico, and Francis Ruth of Hanover, Maryland. Funeral services for Ruby Grace Bradley will be conducted, Saturday, June 1, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Steve Pescosolido officiating. Burial will be Sunday, June 2, 2002, at 9 a.m., at the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Visitation is after 6:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.