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Col. Ruby Bradley (Dec. 19, 1907-May 28, 2002), who was the most decorated female veteran in the United States, was born near Spencer. Bradley assisted in more than 230 major surgeries and delivered 13 American babies while a prisoner of war in Manila. Bradley was a combat nurse in the Korean War, where she served on the front lines in evacuation hospitals. She was the Eighth Army's chief nurse from 1950 to 1953. Her decoration record included 34 medals and citations of bravery, most notably two Legion of Merit medals, two Bronze Stars, and a U.N. Korean Service Medal with seven battle stars. She also received the Florence Nightingale Medal from the International Red Cross.
Gallery: Famous West Virginians
Jun. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM
West Virginia was once considered home for many famous faces. Here are some of the famous people with ties to West Virginia.