Friday, June 3, 2016

Lt. Col. Francis Crowninshield Bradlee - Brad to his friends

Lieutenant Colonel Francis Crowninshield Bradlee, Brad to his friends, was the consummate military man. In the early, pre-Revolutionary War days, the Crowninshields were known for their seafaring adventures. But as the War for Independence came to full fruition, the prominent family, close friends of Thomas Jefferson, became the backbone of the United States military for years to come. A member of the Crowninshield family held the positions of Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of War under several presidential administrations.



Like so many of the Founding Fathers, the Crowninshield lineage included the surnames Adams, Endicott, Hawthorne, DuPont and Bradlee. Brad’s father was the editor of The Washington Post before his death and his mother was a highly respected, influential journalist.

While the Bradlee branch of the Crowninshield family tree generally abhorred the military, Brad lived for it. He attended the Naval Academy and during his second-class year he chose Leatherneck for his summer training. He received praise from his mentors and surpassed all of the academic and physical standards required to graduate as one of a few dozen Marine Selects.

Brad’s career was stellar, and after three years as a major, he earned the rank of lieutenant colonel. Under his command were 750 infantry designated service members comprising the 25th Marine Regiment of 1st Battalion.

At age forty, he had fast-tracked his career to battalion commander. Brad met Steven Sargent at the Naval Academy and the two became good friends despite their age difference of several years. He encouraged Steven to become a Marine. But he was hell-bent on becoming a SEAL via the Navy rather than through the BUDS training option offered by the Marines. Either way, Brad admired Steven for becoming one heck of a soldier and the two stayed close friends over the years. They also realized they had common interests, which they immediately pursued.

In book one of The Boston Brahmin series, Brad handed out embroidered patches of a flag featuring five red and four white alternating stripes.



“This is the rebellious stripes flag,” said Brad. “This became a symbol of freedom to the patriots who founded our nation. When Bostonians gathered at the Liberty Tree near Boston Common in 1765 to protest burdensome taxation, a clear message was sent to the British government. In 1767, a flagpole was erected next to the Liberty Tree, and the Rebellious Flag was raised. The Rebellious Flag and the Liberty Tree witnessed historic meetings, fiery speeches and celebrations for the early patriots who became known as the Sons of Liberty. This is our past. This is also our future.”

As The Boston Brahmin series unfolds, Brad will play an important role in rallying The Mechanics, and The Patriots in their battle against a tyrannical government hell-bent in destroying freedom-loving Americans.

Choose Freedom!

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