Phil was born May 19,1926 in Clifton Forge, Virginia. His parents were
Ethel Mae Worth Bradley and Felix Augustine Bradley, Sr. They moved
to Clifton Forge in 1916.
Phil enlisted in the Navy in May 1943, when he was 17 years old. He was
sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station for his boot training.
After that he was sent to Gulfport, Mississippi for additional gunnery
He was assigned to the Navy Armed Guard Center in Algiers, Louisiana and
they assigned him to a gun crew on the SS George E. Badger. He trained
himself as a Signalman and became one. He was responsible for all
signalman duties on the SS William Bevan and later transferred to the
M/S Shooting Star.
Phil made several trips to Murmansk, Russia and was also at Normandy.
Phil was the sole survivor of a commercial airline crash, Piedmont
Airlines Flight 349, which crashed into Bucks Elbow Mountain, just above
Crozet, Virginia. It happened October 30, 1959.
Phil has written a book about his life and the crash and it is
available for $15.00 and 25% of the proceeds go to the Navy Armed
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