PARKERSBURG - The life of Col. Ruby Bradley, a World War II and Korean War Army nurse, will be presented today at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
The event begins at 11 a.m. in the main campus theater and is free and open to the public. The event is part of the West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. It will take place in the main campus theater and via video conference in room 206 at the Jackson County Center.
Bradley, who was born in 1907 and died in 2002, will be portrayed by humanities scholar Becky Park.
Humanities scholar Becky Park will portray Col. Ruby Bradley, a World War II and Korean War Army nurse, today at 11 a.m. at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The event is part of the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. (Photo provided)
When Bradley retired from the U.S. Army in 1963 she was the most decorated woman in American military history. A native of Spencer, W.Va., she was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines in 1941 and was a POW until 1945. She continued her work as a nurse in the prison camp. She was named chief nurse for the Eighth Army in 1951 and supervised more than 500 nurses in Korea. She attained the rank of colonel in 1958.
Bradley is one of several character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. The programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped the nation's history.
Humanities scholars have carefully researched a variety of sources about the figures they portray such as journals, letters, official documents, speeches, autobiographies and research by other scholars in developing their presentation.
The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational programs in the humanities for all West Virginians.