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Patrick Brady Collection (1835) Finding Aid

Item Number: 18350000000
 Collection
Association:
Dustoff Association

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of reel-to-reel audio tapes, 8mm/Super 8mm films, and a book donated to the archive by Medal of Honor recipient and helicopter pilot Major General Patrick H. Brady. The collection also includes articles written by General Brady regarding medical evacuation of the wounded via helicopter ambulance (known as Dust Off operations) during the Vietnam War.

Dates

  • 1964, 1966-1969, 1973, 1989, 1999, 2012

Biographical / Historical

Major General Brady spent over 34 years in the Army serving in stations all over the world. He was in Berlin during the building of the wall and returned in 1989 when it was torn down. He served in the Dominican Republic during that conflict, in Korea as commander of the troops at the Joint Security area of the DMZ and for 2 years in Vietnam as a helicopter ambulance pilot. He has eight years' service with America's citizen soldiers, our Reserve Components, and is a former Chief of Army Public Affairs. While in Vietnam he was awarded the Medal of Honor for a series of rescues which began at sunrise and ended after dark. Repeatedly he was warned by competent advisors that the missions were impossible due to weather, the enemy situation and mines. On three different missions and six tasks Major Brady extracted patients from areas where other aircraft failed, on one mission 7 times. On two different occasions his aircraft was hit by automatic weapons fire. On a third occasion his aircraft was severely damaged by a mine. Major Brady’s aircraft were so severely damaged that three aircraft were required to complete the missions and at the day’s end the aircraft he flew had over 400 holes in them. In the process two crew members were injured. During the day Major Brady evacuated over 70 patients many who would have died without expeditious medical care.

In two tours in Vietnam he flew over 2500 combat missions and rescued over 5000 wounded. He developed foul weather and tactical techniques for air ambulance rescues never before executed in combat for which he is identified in the Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War and other books as the top helicopter pilot in that war. Some pundits recognize him as the most decorated living veteran.

Gen. Brady is the only living Army veteran of Vietnam to hold both the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross, our nation's second highest award. His other awards include two Distinguished Service Medals; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; six Distinguished Flying Crosses; two Bronze Stars, one for valor; the Purple Heart, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with palm and silver star and 53 Air Medals, one for valor. He has received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the American Legion, their highest award, and the Daughters of the American Revolution's Medal of Honor to name a few nonmilitary awards. He is a master Army aviator and member of both the Army Aviation and Dust Off Halls of Fame. He is the first and only Army Aviator in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. He is also the only Army Aviator to receive the Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award.

He published with his daughter Meghan, Dead Men Flying, which covers his experiences with the origin and execution of Aero Medical evacuation in Viet Nam, called Dust Off, the greatest battlefield life saver in history.

General Brady is the former President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Seattle University and an MBA Summa Cum Laude from Notre Dame University. He is a Regent Emeritus at Seattle University and former Commissioner of the Battle Monuments Commission at the time it completed the World War II memorial.

General Brady and his wife Nancy live near San Antonio, Texas. They’re the proud parents of six kids, 13 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Title
Patrick Brady Collection (1835) Finding Aid
Date
2006-08-21
Length (Linear Feet)
1
Location(s)
D056.4E
1
Books

Dead Men Flying by Patrick Henry Brady, 2012 (signed by author)

6
Moving Images

1835VI3907 - Super 8mm - Unidentified Super 8mm film

1835VI3908 - 8mm - Unidentified 8mm film

1835VI3909 - 8mm - Unidentified 8mm film

1835VI3910 - 8mm - Unidentified 8mm film

1835VI3911 - 8mm - Unidentified 8mm film

1835VI3912 - 8mm - Medal pinning, Areals, Guy playing with monkey, Guy feeding ducks

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34
Audio

1835AU3313 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 2

1835AU3314 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 3

1835AU3315 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 4

1835AU3316 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 5

1835AU3317 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 6

1835AU3318 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 7

1835AU3320 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 9

1835AU3321 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 10

1835AU3322 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 11

1835AU3323 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 12

1835AU3324 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 13

1835AU3325 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 14

1835AU3326 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 15

1835AU3327 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 16

1835AU3328 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 17

1835AU3329 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 18

1835AU3330 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 19

1835AU3332 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 21

1835AU3333 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 22

1835AU3334 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 24

1835AU3336 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 26

1835AU3337 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 27

1835AU3340 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 31

1835AU3342 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 33

1835AU3343 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 34

1835AU3344 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 35

1835AU3346 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 37

1835AU3347 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 38

1835AU3348 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 39

1835AU3349 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 40

1835AU3350 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 41

1835AU3351 - 5 inch reel - Tape No. 1

1835AU3352 - 5 inch reel - Tape No. 2

1835AU3353 - 5 inch reel - From Me to You on Your Birthday

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D056.4E ]]

Inventory

  • Instruments and Flares by Major Patrick H. Brady. Photocopied from US Army Aviation Digest, January 1969
  • Photocopied excerpt from Flight Journal (no date)
  • Solo Missions by Captain Patrick H. Brady. Photocopied from US Army Aviation Digest, July 1966
  • When I Have Your Wounded by Brig. Gen. Patrick H. Brady. Excerpt from Army Magazine, June 1989
  • Armed With a Red Cross: Dust-off Tactics in Vietnam by Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady (ret.). Photocopied excerpt from Flight Journal, October 1999
  • Dust-Off Operations by Major Patrick H. Brady. Photocopied excerpt from Army Logistician, July-August 1973
1
Books

Dead Men Flying by Patrick Henry Brady, 2012 (signed by author)

6
Moving Images

1835VI3907 - Super 8mm - Unidentified Super 8mm film

1835VI3908 - 8mm - Unidentified 8mm film

1835VI3909 - 8mm - Unidentified 8mm film

1835VI3910 - 8mm - Unidentified 8mm film

1835VI3911 - 8mm - Unidentified 8mm film

1835VI3912 - 8mm - Medal pinning, Areals, Guy playing with monkey, Guy feeding ducks

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34
Audio

1835AU3313 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 2

1835AU3314 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 3

1835AU3315 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 4

1835AU3316 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 5

1835AU3317 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 6

1835AU3318 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 7

1835AU3320 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 9

1835AU3321 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 10

1835AU3322 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 11

1835AU3323 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 12

1835AU3324 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 13

1835AU3325 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 14

1835AU3326 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 15

1835AU3327 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 16

1835AU3328 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 17

1835AU3329 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 18

1835AU3330 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 19

1835AU3332 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 21

1835AU3333 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 22

1835AU3334 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 24

1835AU3336 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 26

1835AU3337 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 27

1835AU3340 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 31

1835AU3342 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 33

1835AU3343 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 34

1835AU3344 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 35

1835AU3346 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 37

1835AU3347 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 38

1835AU3348 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 39

1835AU3349 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 40

1835AU3350 - 3 inch reel - Tape No. 41

1835AU3351 - 5 inch reel - Tape No. 1

1835AU3352 - 5 inch reel - Tape No. 2

1835AU3353 - 5 inch reel - From Me to You on Your Birthday

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Pub Credit Line
18350000000, Patrick Brady Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 21 Aug 2006 [Updated: 22 Oct 2019]