General Of The Army Omar N. Bradley's Personal 5-Star Flag
Omar Nelson Bradley was one of America's greatest generals. He commanded the largest American force ever united under one man's leadership during WWII. Afterwards, General Bradley became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was the last of only nine people to hold the five-star rank of General of the Army which he shared with MacArthur, Eisenhower, Marshall, and Arnold. Bradley had the longest military service in U.S. history. This is his personal flag which was displayed over Marshall House at Fort Benning, Georgia for many years. In 1975 the Army "retired" the flag and it was later given, in 1990, as a gift to the Canadian Military Studies Museum. In need of funds, the Canadians sold the flag in 2001. In 2011 it was flown again at the annual D-Day WWII re-enactment event in Conneaut, Ohio.
(Left to Right) H.R. Alexander, George S. Patton, Omar Bradley, and Field Marshal Montgomery
Dear Mr. Schulze, Thank you for thinking of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and what a great artifact you have! As you may know, most museums that have a temporary exhibit program book their schedules several years in advance. We are currently using all of our available temporary spaces for several different exhibits running concurrently on various aspects of World War II. As such, we do not have any appropriate space to exhibit such an important artifact. Additionally, as General Bradley did not attain the rank of 5-star until 1950, it might be somewhat confusing for visitors to view such an artifact when Bradley is being discussed for his D-Day role at a lower rank. I wish you luck in finding a museum to exhibit your artifact. Thank you again for your very kind offer. Best wishes from Abilene. William D. Snyder Supervisory Museum Curator Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home 200 SE 4th Street, Abilene, KS 67410