General Omar Bradley LbNA # 23453 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Jul 3 2006|
10/28/2007-On Vaction: Omar has taken a vacation for a couple of weeks to be part of a gathering in Ohio. I am sure he will enjoy the trip and will have many stories when he returns. You can learn more about the gathering on Atlasquest http://www.atlasquest.com/events/event.html?gEventId=352
WANTED: Room Mate!! LB with large home in beautiful country. Looking for well-mannered HH that likes to have a good time. Please inquire at residence.
ABS Family is a family of five who enjoy the outdoors and love letterboxing. Be safe and we hope that with each hunt, you explore the area around it because you may never have the opportunity to see it again. This letterbox is very kid friendly. 90% open trail 10% wooded.
Omar Nelson Bradley was born literally in a log cabin near Clark, Missouri, on 12 Feb 1893, the only surviving child of schoolteacher John Smith Bradley and Sarah Elizabeth Bradley. He received a good secondary education, and became a star player on the Moberly High School baseball team. Bradley’s Sunday School Superintendent recommended that he apply for an appointment to West Point. After placing first in the competitive exams for his district that were held at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, he received his appointment from Congressman William M. Rucker to enter the Military Academy in the fall of 1911.
Some men had difficulty adapting to the demanding curriculum and strict military life at West Point, but Bradley confessed that the discipline, the rigors of a code of conduct centering on honor and duty, the structured society, and the opportunities for athletics greatly appealed to him. An enthusiasm for sports took time away from academics, but Bradley managed to finish a respectable 44th in his graduating class of 164. He later commented the importance of sports in teaching the art of group cooperation.
Bradley graduated from West Point on 12 June 1915 as a second lieutenant of Infantry. He just missed service in World War I. The class of 1915 became known as “the class the stars fell on” because so many of its members became generals. Among its ranks were Dwight Eisenhower, Joseph M Swing, one of the airborne pioneers, and aviators John T. McTarney and George E. Stratemeyer.
At the outset of World War II, Bradley was a training officer and felt he would miss involvement in another world war until he was assigned to the European Theater. There he served for a period under General George S. Patton Jr. prior to taking command of the United States Army Group, the largest single command ever held by an American general.
Bradley’s postwar service included leader of the Veterans Administration (1945), Army Chief of Staff (1948), the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949). In 1950 he was promoted to the rank of Five Star General of the Army
Omar Bradley died on 8 April 1981, and thus the rank of the five-star rank passed into American history. And it is that passing which seems to make a brief history of the five star insignia of the General of the Army and the Admiral of the Fleet so appropriate. It was World War II, which precipitated the creation of this rank. The original title for the grade was to have been Field Marshal but the Army Chief of Staff, General George C. Marshall, refused to be known as “Field Marshal Marshall!” Congress finally approved the rank in December of 1944, almost too late to achieve its purpose. Generals Marshall, Eisenhower, MacArthur, and Arnold, and Admirals Leahy, King and Nimitz were named at that time. Admiral Halsey was promoted in December 1945 and Bradley in 1950. Thus a total of nine men in America’s history ever attained this elevated rank.
This letterbox is found in Rothwell Park in Moberly, MO. at the General Omar Bradley Memorial. To reach the memorial, take Hwy 63 to Hwy 24 west. Watch for signs for the Omar Bradley Memorial. Turn left at Holman Road. Again, follow the signs. Park where you can. Take time to look around at all the memorials in the area. The adventure will start at the memorial.
At General Bradley’s right, there is a bench. Looking over the bench you will see a walking trail. Go to the trail. Start in the trail from the road and head to the right. You will immediately go around a bend to the left. Go right and across a second road. For bearing, you should be on the trail heading east and then north. Follow the walking trail to the bridge. At the southern edge of the bridge, head south on trail for 10 paces. Facing south there will be a large tree to your left at 20 feet and the east end of Pine Tree Row at 50 feet to your right. Face 250°, 36 paces will bring you to a brush pile overgrown with weeds. On the west side of the brush pile, you will find a UNIQUE STUMP. Sit down on the STUMP facing north, and rest your feet for a bit. Follow the deer trail straight north and downhill for 16 paces. Look east and west. Welcome to Pine Tree Row. You should be at pine tree five. Follow deer trail west to pine tree one. Watch out for that limb by your head. With pine tree one to your right, notice the group of trees at 280° about 15 feet. Look for LB at the base.
If you still have energy left, head back to the bridge and take the trail to the north, it is roughly one mile and it will take you back to the memorials.