MG Pat Brady

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Biographical Information: MG Patrick H. Brady

Major General Patrick H. Brady
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Patrick Henry Brady is a retired United States Army Major General. While serving as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, he received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration for valor.

During his first tour in Vietnam, from January 1964 to January 1965, then-Captain Brady served as a Dust-Off pilot with the 57th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance), where his commanding officer was the legendary Major Charles Kelly. After Kelly's death on July 1, 1964, Brady took command of Detachment A, 57th Medical's Detachment, at Sóc Trăng. The following day, an officer tossed the bullet that killed Kelly on Brady's desk in front of Captain Brady and asked if they were going to stop flying so aggressively. Brady picked up the bullet and replied, "we are going to keep flying exactly the way Kelly taught us to fly, without hesitation, anytime, anywhere."

On his second tour of duty in Vietnam, 1967 to 68, Brady, now a Major, was second in command of the 54th Medical Detachment. It was during this second tour in Vietnam that Brady was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Brady flew over 2,000 combat missions and evacuated more than 5000 wounded during his two tours of duty in South Vietnam.

Brady retired from the US Army as a Major General on September 1, 1993 after 34 years of service.