John Barry Bradbury is one of the last surviving members of Fleet Radio Unit Pacific (FRUPAC), also known as Station HYPO, the premier Radio Intelligence Unit that supported the U.S. Navy during World War II. John turns 95 today!
John Barry Bradbury was born on December 12, 1926 in North Adams, Massachusetts. Following graduation from Drury High School in North Adams in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Springfield, Massachusetts on October 3, 1944. John completed boot camp at USNTC, Sampson, New York and received orders to COM Fourteen serving with FRUPAC, from February 7, 1945 to March 13, 1946, receiving promotions to S1c, Sp (Q) CR 3c and Sp (Q) CR 2c.
John was honorably discharged on March 31, 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts. John received his bachelor’s degree under the G.I. Bill at Siena College, Loudonville, New York in 1946. He joined the inactive reserves in 1948 (CSA). The Korean War resulted in John being recalled to active duty in November 1950. He reported to the Naval Security Station on Nebraska Avenue, Washington, D.C. and was reassigned to the Armed Forces Security Agency, (AFSA), Arlington, Virginia (forerunner of the National Security Agency) and released from active duty on June 17, 1952. While serving at AFSA, John would see Captain Thomas Dyer almost daily.
He was honorably discharged from the Naval Reserve as CT2, on March 19, 1953. John’s awards include: World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Korea), Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon Bar awarded the Naval Communications Intelligence Organization.
John joined the General Electric Company in June 1952. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s General Management Program sponsored by G.E. and was a member of the Board of Directors for the G.E., Industrial Sector. He retired from G.E.’s Corporate Offices, Fairfield, Connecticut as a senior corporate executive, after over 30 years of service.
John and his wife Marjorie were married in 1947 in North Adams, Massachusetts. They have 3 children, 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter (deceased). John has maintained a highly selective, management consulting practice. They make their home in Dorset, Vermont.
Happy Birthday shipmate and thank you for your service!
A special thanks to Jim Schlueter for providing the photos.
13 December 2021 at 01:43
Happy Birthday to Mr. Bradbury, and a huge “thank you for your service” to the Navy, our country and all of humanity for a job well done. It’s obvious that Mr. Bradbury’s service continued long after his discharge from the United States Navy.
13 December 2021 at 14:20
Hello all – this is John’s son, Chris. My son Jack is carrying on the tradition of service as a cadet at Oak Ridge Military Academy here in North Carolina. In a year there he has been promoted twice, graduated Cadre, is in Recondo, Color Guard, Drill Team, and band.