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Omar N. Bradley

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Omar Nelson Bradley, 1893-1981.  General of the Army; first permanent chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  8” x 10” formal black-and-white portrait photograph inscribed and signed, To Miss Rosemary E. Wright  /  With best wishes  /  Omar N. Bradley.

This is a fine vintage studio portrait of Bradley by renowned portraitist Louis Fabian Bachrach, whose imprint appears in the lower left corner of the image. 

It is part of a collection assembled by Rosemary E. Wright (1890-1969), who spent some 35 years working for the Army, ultimately as Chief of the Army General Staff Assignment Section, before she retired in November 1953.  During her time with the Army, she assembled a large collection of signed photographs and letters from Army generals and others. She wrote of her years with the Army in The Generals Call Me “Mom,” which appeared in the March 15, 1952, edition of Collier’s magazine.

Bradley, a graduate of West Point, assumed command of the 2nd Corps in 1943, midway through World War II. He commanded forces in North Africa, contributing to the fall of Tunisia, and led the invasion of Sicily later that year.  He helped to plan the D-Day invasion, during which he led the 1st Army, which landed at Utah and Omaha beaches in NormandyHis forces liberated Paris in August 1944.  Later he commanded the 12th Army Group, the largest U.S. Army group ever assembled, and his forces continued to fight in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, and Czechoslovakia until V-E Day, May 8, 1945.

Bradley was the last survivor among only five Army generals who held five-star rank.  The others were George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Henry H. Arnold (redesignated General of the Air Force in 1949).  When Bradley died in 1981, the rank was consigned to history.

Bradley has inscribed and signed this photo in black fountain pen.  The photo has a few minor surface creases that are not particularly noticeable, rippling on the upper and lower margins, a couple of small stains in the upper margin, and mounting remnants on the back.  Overall it is in fine condition and a very desirable piece, given its provenance.

Unframed.

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