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Fifth Division - Navigation & Communication Bill is second row from bottom, fifth from right

Bill was a plankowner from commissioning and left the ship in Sasebo, Japan on November 6, 1945. He was one of four watch supervisors. He was discharged on December 7, 1945 and home on December 8. Bill was a Radioman Second Class, but was a "firstclass" operator, of course. Bill was awarded the American Defense Medal, Victory Medal, Occupation of Japan Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal and Navy Good Conduct Medal.

Bill graduated from Pace Institute with a BS in Accounting and retired from a long and successful career as a vice president of an insurance company. When not playing golf (a "so-so" player, according to Bill) he also managed to excel in other college courses at Drexel Institute of Technology and University of Pennsylvania.

Not only has Bill put his time to good use since his honorable discharge, but his family is accomplished as well: His wife, Jeanne, holds a BS in Chemistry from Rosemont College. Collectively, his eight children hold 9 BA's, 1 Master's, 2 MD degrees, 1 registered nursing degree and 1 degree in Occupational Therapy. As much pride as that brings him, his greatest joy lies in his 26 grandchildren and 4 step-granchildren.

Bill, 2003
Grandsons,Jack and Ryan, sitting on the bluff above Omaha Beach, November, 2006
Bill and Jeanne on vacation
"When visiting Cleveland, saw an old friend, USS COD, the best preserved submarine museum-ship I have seen yet."
Bill at age 21, on the beach in Hawaii.
Jeanne at 19 on the beach in Ocean City New Jersey.

From their son, Bill:

"Here comes Mom with too much food!"

"Mom was a Chemist by education but when Dad came home from the war, they got married and then got in a family way. She and Dad had eight kids. He would often refer to her as "the perennially pregnant Mrs. Bradfield." Because of her chemistry background, she was a great cook. We all ate well as did many of our friends!! The refrain of, "here comes Mom with too much food." was a happy memory of growing up under her guidance and protection. Dad passed in 2011 at age 89. We miss them both. When Mom died, the whole family gathered in Florida for a week long party in both of their honors. They both lived long, eventful and successful lives. When their candles finally went out, there wasn't a lot of wax left. Great people and deeply in love."

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