Hoby F Bradfield

Hoby F Bradfield

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The Woodlands, TX, US
U.S. Army
07/09/2005, 228TH CSH/MOSUL, Iraq

Hoby Bradfield Jr. graduated high school in 2001 in Virginia Beach, VA. Just after seeing the World Trade Center towers fall from his New Jersey home, SPC Bradfield  enlisted in the US Army. He embarked on a career that reflected his family’s long and proud tradition of military service.

Hoby entered service on August 20th, 2002. He trained as a Cavalry Scout and was  assigned to the Sabre Squadron of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, CO. SPC Bradfield distinguished himself going from raw recruit to a leader.

He was sent to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In country Hoby Bradfield earned a reputation for being a fierce Scout. Returning from Iraq, Hoby met the girl he was to shortly marry, Crystin.  And SPC Bradfield qualified as a Combat Life Saver. Crystin became pregnant and Hoby was thrilled. “…not even subzero temperatures at downrange Fort Carson can keep the smile from a man’s face when he tells his best friends he’s going to be a father,” explained 1LT Brian Oman, SPC Bradfield’s  platoon leader.

Hoby understood the day was coming when the regiment would be recalled to Iraq. In spite of the fact that Crystin was pregnant, Hoby volunteered to redeploy.

On July 9th, 2005, Grim Troop went into a neighborhood in Tal Afar to destroy a terrorist bombing cell. During the cordon and search, one of  SPC Bradfield’s team was hit and as a Combat Life Saver he raced to perform first aid, and was shot.

Medics were called to the battle, stabilized Hoby, put him on the ambulance, and raced to the hospital. But terrorists watching the evacuation detonated an IED, destroying the ambulance and instantly killing Hoby and the medic trying to save his life, PFC Eric Woods.

“There are troopers in the regiment who most definitely owe their lives to him,” LTC Christopher Hickey, Commander of SPC Bradley’s unit explained.

On September 3rd, Crystin Bradfield gave birth to Kloe Adell Bradfield.

“Day by day, fix your eyes upon the greatness of Athens, until you become filled with the love of her; and when you are impressed by the spectacle of her glory, reflect that this empire has been acquired by men who knew their duty and had the courage to do it.”  Thucydides

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2 Responses to “Hoby F Bradfield”
  1. Headhunter 9-Golf says:


    No doubt, you were baptized in blood and fire, and came out steel.

    Halfway down the trail to Hell in a shady meadow green,

    are the Souls of all dead troopers camped near a good old-fashion canteen,
    and this eternal resting place is known as Fiddlers’ Green.

    Marching past, straight through to Hell, the Infantry are seen,
    accompanied by the Engineers, Artillery and Marine,
    for none but the shades of Cavalrymen dismount at Fiddlers’ Green.

    Though some go curving down the trail to seek a warmer scene,
    no trooper ever gets to Hell ere he’s emptied his canteen
    and so rides back to drink again with friends at Fiddlers’ Green.

    And so when man and horse go down beneath a saber keen,
    or in a roaring charge fierce melee you stop a bullet clean,
    and the hostiles come to get your scalp,
    just empty your canteen and put your pistol to your head
    and go to Fiddlers’ Green.

    I’ll see you again sometime soon in Fiddler’s Green

    If you Ain’t Cav, …

  2. Jake Miller says:

    I don’t know really what to say but I’ll try my best. I first heard your name my Junior year in highschool when I received your name on a little American flag that I stuck to the back of my football helmet. I used it as an inspiration when I was on and off the field. When it was time to hang up my cleats my fellow team mates didn’t seem to care about their soldiers on the back of their helmets but I couldn’t let you go so I ripped the flag of the back of my helmet and stuck you in my wallet as my personal angel. I’m now a freshman I’m college and you’ve never left my side. I’m now currently learning how to become a pilot and I always have you with me because I know you’ll look after me and won’t let anything happen to me. I never knew you as a person and you never knew me but I like to think you’re there looking out for me in my bad times and I’m my good times. I’ll never forget your name as long as I live. Rest easy buddy.

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