Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981) was a senior U.S. Army field commander in North Africa and Europe during World War II, and a General of the Army in the United States Army. From the Normandy landings through the end of the war in Europe, Bradley had command of all U.S. ground forces invading Germany from the west; he ultimately commanded forty-three divisions and 1.3 million men, the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under a U.S. field commander. After the war, Bradley headed the Veterans Administration and became Chief of Staff of the United States Army. In 1949, he was appointed the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the following year oversaw the policy-making for the Korean War, before retiring from active service in 1953.

General Bradley was the last of only nine people to hold five-star rank in the United States Armed Forces.

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I am convinced that the best service a retired general can perform is to turn in his tongue along with his suit, and to mothball his opinions.
Omar Bradley (1893-1981), U.S. general. Address, Armed Forces Day. Quoted in New York Times (May 17, 1959).
The wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy.
Omar Bradley (1893-1981), U.S. general. Speech, May 15, 1951, to Senate Committees on Armed Services and Foreign Relations. The Military Situation in the Far East, Senate Hearings (1951). As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Bradley was giving testimony before a Senate inquiry into General MacArthur's proposal to carry the Korean conflict into China; Bradley opposed the scheme, arguing that "Red China is not the powerful nation seeking to dominate the world."

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