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1,749 Troops in Frankfurt parade for Gen. Bradley

Gen. Omar Bradley reviews the troops at Rhein-Main in September, 1947.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 2, 1947

FRANKFURT, Sept. 2 — EUCOM's headquarters building emptied late this afternoon as 1,749 officers and EM fell out to parade for Gen. Omar N. Bradley.

The Veterans Administrator reviewed the troops of Hq. Cmd. along with Lt. Gen. Clarence R. Huebner, deputy EUCOM chief; Brig. Gen, Robinson E. Duff, local commandant, and Brig. Gen. Joseph 3. O'Hara, War Department personnel adviser.

Mrs. Bradley, wearing a fur cape, was among the 500 spectators.

Bradley personally commended the 18th Inf.'s drill-platoon for its "excellency" in winning the recent 1st Div. drill contest, and also congratulated the special drill platoon of clerks from the 7702nd Sv. Bn. for its voluntary participation in the exercises.

Both performed for the former 12th Army Gp. commander after the formal review.

Dressed in a green tunic and pinks, the general also watched troops of the 709th MP Sv. Bn., the Army Security Agency and the 7704th WAC Bit. The 427th Band played for the ceremony.

Earlier in the day, continuing his whirlwind tour of the EC, Bradley made a motor trip to Wiesbaden from Frankfurt to inspect USAFE installations and troops of the 1st Constab. Brig. He was met on the Frankfurt-Wiesbaden highway by an MP honor guard which escorted the general into the city.

Bradley's itinerary in the Wiesbaden area included stops at Sq. D, USAFE WAC Det., the 21st Motor Transport Sq., one of the USAFE dependent areas, the 317th Sta. Hosp., Camp Lindsey.. the 89th Sta. Complement, EM club, the Valhalla mess hall, the ARC Eagle Club, the Wiesbaden air base and a brief reunion with 15 EM who served under him in combat.

Bradley reaches Heidelberg for Constabulary inspection

HEIDELBERG, Sept. 3 — Gen. Omar N. Bradley, continuing his whirlwind tour of Army installations, arrived here this afternoon by train for an inspection of Constabularly Hq.

The Veterans Administration chief was accompanied by Mrs. Bradley, their daughter and son-in-law, Capt. and Mrs. H. S. Beukema; Lt. Gen. Clarence R. Huebner, deputy EUCOM chief, and Mrs. Huebner, Maj. Gen. Withers A. Burress, Constabulary commander. and Maj. Gen. Phillip Gallagher, deputy Constabulary chief.

Constabulary troops will parade for the general tomorrow morning at, which C Btry, 33rd FA Bn., will fire a 17-gun salute.

Earlier today, the wartime commander of the four American armies of the 12th Army Gp. was honored in Frankfurt by the Czech government for directing the liberation of Czechoslovakia.

"You were the chief author of victory and our liberation," declared Col. V. T. Podhora, Czech liaison chief, in presenting the republic's Military Cross of 1939 to Bradley. "The hearts of our people have a place for you among our dearest heroes and famous men."

The presentation came this morning after Bradley toured installations in the Oberursel and Frankfurt areas.

Starting at 8:15 a.m. with the 574th Ord. Co., where 86 EM operate and supervise ordnance repair, he swing through the areas of the 8th Trans. Tk. Bn., the 2nd Bn., 18th Inf., the 7702nd Sv. Bn. and the 7704th WAC Det.

He showed particular interest in the ease by which soldiers could attend educational courses offered and personally checked the book cataloguing.

He completed the survey by visiting the new Catholic chapel in the center of the Frankfurt compound.

Bradley's itinerary will take him to Mannheim tomorrow after which he will board a C-47 for a flight to Bad Tolz.

Bradley visits Munich post

MUNICH, Sept. 4 — Gen. Omar N. Bradley, making a "reorientation trip" of the EC, arrived at the Neubiberg Airport here this afternoon to conduct a brief inspection of the Munich Military Post before continuing to the Bad Tolz headquarters of the 1st Inf. Div. tonight.

Greeted by Maj. Gen. Frank W. Milburn, 1st Div. commander; Brig. Gen. Walter J. Muller, military governor of Bavaria, and Col. Sevier Tupper, Munich post CO, Bradley reviewed the 61-man honor guard of the 370th Inf. Guard Bn. drawn up on the airport apron.

While formations of P51s and P47s of the 86th Composite Fighter Sq., commanded by Col. C. T. Edwinson, roared overhead, the Veterans Administration director observed a brief maneuver by the 370th, led by Lt. Henry M. Francis.

Accompanied by Milburn, Muller, Tupper and Brig. Gen. Joseph J. O'Hare, a War Department staff officer and member of the official party, Bradley made a brief inspection of the Munich flak kaserne troop billets.

He reviewed marching contingents from the 98th Gen. Hospital, 508th MP Bn., 7822nd SCU, 39th Ord. Maint. Bn., 66th Trk. Bn., 1st Div. Artillery Hq. Co. Btry. and Co. A and Hq. Co. of the 7773rd Sig. Bn., all part of the Munich post. Lt. Col. Frank L. Barnett, CO of the 508th, was in command of the troops.

Bradley visited the Seehaus enlisted men's club in the English Gardens before departing for Bad Tolz early tonight. He told reporters he was "well pleased with the troops" he had seen since his arrival in the EC.

"They are fine soldiers," he continued, "representing the finest nation in the world; and I hope they never forget it."

Tours Heidelberg Post

Earlier in the day Bradley wound up his inspection tour of Constab. Hq. at Heidelberg with a review and parade at the command post, and an inspection tour of military installations.

lie was greeted upon his arrival with a 17-gun salute fired by C. Btry., 33rd FA Bn., 1st Inf. Div.

Bradley, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Withers A. Burress, Constabulary commander, inspected the 820th MP Co., 97th Sig. Co., 114th Band, Hq. Detachment, Hq. Tps., 2nd Sp. Sv. Co., 85th Car Co., end Constab. Hq. WAC detachment.

The troops, totaling approximately 1,00'0, were commanded by Lt. Col. Gardner Gross, Constab. Hq. commandant.

Besides Bradley and Burress, Maj. Gen. Philip Gallagher, deputy Constabulary chief, and O'Hare also were in the reviewing stand.

Bradley inspected the messes and billets of the WAC detachment, Hq. Tps., the units at Patton Barracks, 7809th SCU and the 533rd MP Co.
 

Gen. Omar Bradley reviews the troops at Rhein-Main in September, 1947.

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