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Lance Corporal Matthew Bradford,
grandson of Herb Bradford of Black Oak,
is under medical care at Bethesda Naval
Medical Hospital in Maryland after
suffering critical injuries in Iraq On
Iraq casualties hit close to home again
Updated Saturday, January 27, 2007: While national and international media focus on the Iraq death
toll, there's much more happening and it happens quite often close to home.
This past year, Lewis County saw one of its own Iraq wounded, Kentucky National Guard SSgt Carlos
Farler of Tollesboro, recognized with Congressional legislation to give National Guard and Reserve
soldiers equal disability treatment as a result of service injuries.
January 18, 2007, Iraq casualties hit home in Lewis County again. Matthew Bradford, grandson of Herb
Bradford of Black Oak, was on foot patrol with his unit in Haditha, Iraq, when an IED (Improvised
Explosive Device) went off. Four to five others in Bradford's unit were injured, but Matthew's injuries
were the worst.
Matthew is the son of David Bradford of Virginia, formerly of Lewis County, Kentucky, and Debbie Flynn
Bradford of Wisconsin, formerly of Winchester, Kentucky, and step-son of Grace Carlson-Bradford of
Virginia. He is a 2005 graduate of Dinwiddie High School in Virginia.
Matthew joined the Marine Corps under the Delayed Enlisted Program while still in high school and
reported to Parris Island for basic training in September of 2005. He was stationed in Kanoehe Bay,
Hawaii, before being deployed to Iraq in September 2006.
In November 2006, while deployed to Iraq, Matthew was promoted to Lance Corporal.
I spoke on the telephone with Matthew's father Saturday afternoon. David told me that Matthew's mother
told him that Matt had talked about being a soldier ever since being a small child Matt had planned a
career in the military.
David also told me that Matt's gunny sergeant, and several other Corps members (including others who
have been drastically injured) had been to Bethesda Naval Hospital to visit and sit for a few moments
with Matt in ICU.
On Sunday, January 21, he was flown to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, where he is now in a
medically-induced coma while he undergoes numerous surgeries to repair the extensive damage, none
of which I will detail here but can be found at a website set up for Matthew at Matthew Bradford at
Many people have signed the guest book there and emailed asking how they can provide financial
David told me the Marine Corps is covering the expenses. What David, Grace, Debbie and all family
and friends request are prayers for Matthew's recovery, especially for the doctors who will do surgery in
an attempt to save sight in Matt's remaining eye.
May 10, 2007: Students from the Army ROTC
program in Morehead State University's
Department of Military Science were recognized at
the department's annual awards ceremony. Devin
G. McCane of Vanceburg (at right) was presented
the Reserve Officers' Association Award. Making
the presentation was Lt. Col. Bonnie A. Noyes,
professor of military science. McCane also
received the Dean's List Award and the Gold
Athletic Award. (MSU photo by Guy Huffman)
(July 6, 2007) Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremey
W. McCane has graduated from basic military
training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio,
During the six weeks of training, the airman
studied the Air Force mission, organization, and
military customs and courtesies; performed drill
and ceremony marches, and received physical
training, rifle marksmanship, field training
exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training
earn credits toward an associate degree through
the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Lannie McCane and Sharon Scott,
both of Tollesboro. He is a 1999 graduate of Lewis
County High School in Vanceburg.
Stevenson graduates US Army course
(January 18, 2008) Army Pvt. Lillian R. Stevenson has graduated from the Automated Logistical
Specialist Advanced Individual Training Course at the US Army Quartermaster Center and School at
Fort Lee in Petersburg, Va.
The course is designed to train soldiers to establish and maintain stock records and other
documents such as inventory, material control, accounting and support records, automated and
manual accounting records, perform stock record/warehouse functions pertaining to receipt, storage,
distribution and issue and maintain equipment records and parts, review and verify bills of lading,
contracts and purchase orders, repair and construct shipping crates for equipment and supplies, and
perform prescribed loads and shop stock lists in manual and automated supply applications.
Stevenson is the daughter of Stella Bivens of Tollesboro and Herbert Stevenson of Sandusky, Ohio.
She is a 2007 graduate of Sandusky High School.
Burnett joins US Army
(October 26, 2007) Travis M. Burnett has joined the US Army under the Delayed Entry Program. The
program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year.
The enlistment gives the new soldier the option to learn a new skill, travel and become eligible to
receive as much as $50,000 toward a college education. After completion of basic military training,
soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career specialty prior to being assigned to their
first permanent duty station.
Burnett will report to Fort Knox for basic training. He is a 2003 graduate of Frederick Fraize High
School in Cloverport and is the son of Carolyn Burnett of Cloverport and Brian Burnett of Tollesboro.
Pick graduates ROTC Leader's Training
(August 22, 2007) Adam J. Pick has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps)
Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox.
The 28-day course is a leadership internship for cadets who are normally between their sophomore
and junior college years. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an
obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship
offers and attend the ROTC Advanced Course at their college.
The Army observes and evaluates cadets to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities
and skills. The cadets are trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values
during the challenging, motivating "hands-on" training. The training develops well-disciplined, highly
motivated, physically conditioned students, and helps improve the cadets' self-confidence, initiative,
leadership potential, decision making, and collective team cohesion. The cadets receive training in
fundamental military skills, rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and
ceremonies, communications, and squad-level operations field training.
He is a 1999 graduate of Lewis County High School and a student at Morehead State University. He is
the son of Debbie L. Elam and step-son of Rex Elam of Vanceburg.
Clark graduates Army Basic Training
(July 18, 2007) Army Reserve Pvt. David G. Clark has graduated from Basic Combat training at Fort Sill,
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and
training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy,
military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land
navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.
He is the son of David F. Clark of Wallingford.
Coryell graduates Basic Training
(February 19, 2008) Army National Guard Pvt. Kimberly D.
Coryell has graduated from basic combat training at
Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, she studied the
Army mission, history, tradition and core values,
physical fitness, and received instruction and practice
in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical
warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony,
marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed
combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy,
military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and
field training exercises.
She is a 2006 graduate of East High School in
Cheyenne, Wyo. She is the daughter of James and
Angie Byrd of Cheyenne and granddaughter of Charles
of Betty Byrd of Garrison.