Omar Bradley Biography

General (1893–1981)
The first chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Omar Bradley, commanded the Twelfth Army Group in World War II, which helped the Allied victory.


Omar Bradley was born on February 12, 1893, in Clark, Missouri. In 1915, he graduated from West Point. Under General George S. Patton, he captured Bizerte, Tunisia in 1943, which led to the surrender of more than 250,000 Axis troops. As a commander in World War II, he planned and participated in the Normandy Invasion. In 1949, he was named the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He died in 1981.

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