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Newhall resident Daniel Bradley, right, with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen at a reception for Gold Star families at the White House on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. | Courtesy photo.

 

Newhall resident Daniel Bradley, a Vietnam veteran and Gold Star son, had the chance to fly to Washington, D.C., to attend a reception at the White House Sunday to honor Gold Star families and their loved ones who’ve died in service.

In the event hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, the president addressed the families to open the ceremony, which Bradley said was everything he’d hoped for and more.

“It was a very moving ceremony,” Bradley said. “They did one-by-one lighting of the candles for each family. Everybody there was just as nice as could be.”

As a U.S. Army veteran himself, Bradley said it was an honor to meet so many high-brass military members.

There was a Gold Star father of a Marine killed in Afghanistan that gave some moving remarks, as well,” he added.

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Daniel Bradley and his parents. | Courtesy photo.

For Bradley, whose father was killed in action during World War II when Bradley was not even 2 years old, attending the ceremony gave him a chance to give his father the honors that he was due, he said.

Bradley’s father, Paul, was deployed with the Army’s 104th Infantry Division to Europe, spending some time in England, France and Belgium.

“In late February of 1945, the 104th crossed the river from Belgium into Germany,” Bradley said, “and just a few days later, he was killed in action.”

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Daniel Bradley’s father, Paul Howard Bradley, died in action in World War II. | Courtesy photo.

Paul Bradley was mortally wounded by mortar fire on March 1, 1945, in Ichendorf, Germany.

Bradley also served in the Army from 1966-71, attending Officer Candidate School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, before being commissioned a second lieutenant in field artillery.

He spent some time stationed at Fort Ord, California, until he went back to Fort Sill for an artillery refresher course before his deployment to combat action in South Vietnam.

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Newhall resident and Vietnam veteran Daniel Bradley visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at the National Mall. | Courtesy photo.

He remembers his time in Vietnam well, “sometimes in the middle of the night,” he said, especially the night of April 13, 1970, when his base was attacked.

“I remember that night quite a bit,” he added. Eighty enemy soldiers and seven U.S. soldiers were killed that night.

During Bradley’s trip to D.C., he was also able to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at the National Mall, another memory he’ll treasure.

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A candle for Newhall resident Daniel Bradley’s father, Paul Howard Bradley, who died in WWII, is lit at a reception for Gold Star families at the White House on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. | Courtesy photo.

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