COL (R) Ed Bradshaw

Ed Bradshaw passed from this life to eternity on 14 September 2020 – obituary to follow. This was posted on Facebook by his son. Ed had been on hospice care for about two weeks when he died. Ed is a member of the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame

For those who were never fortunate enough to meet this great man I would like to introduce him to you.  He is my father, humble American hero, and friend to everyone he has ever met.  You would never know the horrors he had witnessed by his good kind friendly nature.  He was a strapping 6’5” 240 lb impressive looking soldier.   He has always been the perfect gentleman ( the PC culture be damned).

I have now sat by his bed side for a week now and have witnessed wonderful personal life long connections between my father and his friends as they come by or have phone conversations to say final farewells.  Most of whom he had commanded and befriended.  I have been in awe over how my father truly impacted others through living a morally driven life and always being a man of good honest character.  Yet he always expresses that he is the blessed one for them being part of his life.  He has been the good faithful servant and chose the right path through this world of ours even though at times it was a very hard path to take. 

His full obituary follows:
COL Edward G. Bradshaw, age 78, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020, in Boerne, Texas. He was born April 4, 1942 to Mimi Goodman and W.V. Bradshaw in Winchester, Virginia. COL Bradshaw served over 29 years in the United States Army. During that time, he held 11 different commands and served two tours in Vietnam. His service in Vietnam was rewarded with the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal with V device, Purple Heart, and two Air Medals. COL Bradshaw retired after enjoying the distinct honor of serving as the Garrison Commander of San Antonio’s historic post, Fort Sam Houston. Though his roots were that of a combat infantryman, his heart and soul were that of a DUSTOFF officer. He was a man who served his fellow servicemen, as well as in his later years the community of San Antonio through various non-profit organizations. He approached his expected passing with the courage and dignity with which he lived his entire life. Mission accomplishment, according to Ed Bradshaw, was a must. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Dr. W.V. Bradshaw, Betty Rogers, and Dr. Robert Bradshaw. Edward is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mackie Bradshaw; sons, Edward G. Bradshaw, Jr., (Veronica), William R. Bradshaw (Kelli), and Robert D. Bradshaw (Jacqueline); grandchildren, Edward III, Victoria, William, and Elijah Bradshaw; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends. A private ceremony will be held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.


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