Veterans

June 29, 2012

Veteran still building

by Linda KC Reynolds
Staff Writer

Air Force veteran John Bradach poses with his six-foot shotgun and eagle that he built. By the age of 17 Bradach and his brother Lloyd built most of the furniture in their parent’s home.

While growing up in Los Angeles, John Bradach and his older brother Lloyd built most of the furniture in their parents’ house.

His first junior high school project was a laundry stick that was used to take laundry out of the wash tub before it hit the wringer.

“I don’t know how many I made but every lady in the neighborhood wanted one, said Bradach.” By the age of 17, he had built a bed, coffee tables, end tables and a corner cabinet for his mother. At the age of 82, the U.S. Air Force veteran has no intentions of slowing down.

Bradach served from 1948-1953 during the Korean War in radio communications, first in then Okinawa, Japan, then Korea.

“When we got to the Quonset huts in Okinawa, there was no furniture, beds – nothing,” he said. “We didn’t even have complete walls or mosquito nets.” Bradach found some lumber, nails, a hand-saw and built himself a desk. “You had to make do with what you had and be a bit creative,” said Bradach.

He recalls that a congressman came for a one-week visit but left after the first night. “About six months later the Quonset huts were rebuilt with complete walls and a roof. “Instead of having canvas for a door we got a real wooden door, which was great because I had the bunk next to the door.” They also got hot water for showers and a roof over the latrine. “It was wonderful.”

Bradach beautified the front yard of his living quarters in Okinawa by gathering stones, painting them white and then formed them into two circles. It didn’t seem like much of an improvement but he received ‘Airman of the Week’ for the 623rd Air Craft Control and Warning Squadron, a three-day pass, five extra dollars and was written up in the Ryukyua Review, the island paper.

A few examples of John Bradach’s woodwork. The band-saw boxes take five pieces of lumber and 17 different steps.

From rocking chairs to curio cabinets, if Bradach can lay it out on a pattern, he can build it. One thing he claims he can’t do very well is to make a box. “They never seem to come out quite square.”

One of his latest projects is building replica guns for his daughter Natalee Norwood, creator of “The Spoiled Doves of Texas,” an entertainment company who will enhance your event with authentic dressing, speaking and dancing true to the Old West.

“It takes about two weeks to build a gun because of glue drying time.” His band-saw keepsake boxes take five pieces of lumber and 17 different steps. “If you mess up or miss one step, you have a problem,” he said of the intricate work. A gun can cost on the average of $25 for materials however, he has been offered $500 for a shotgun. “I just do it for fun,” said Bradach.

After 52 years of marriage, Bradach recently lost Ruth, the love of his life. At his new home in Antelope Acres, Calif., he plans to build a garden in her honor where he will display some of their favorite pieces.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines April 18, 2014

Business: Lockheed to Lose 17 F-35s Under Automatic Pentagon Cuts - Pentagon will cut 17 of the 343 F-35 fighters it planned to buy from Lockheed Martin in fiscal 2016 through 2019 unless Congress repeals automatic budget cuts, according to a new Defense Department report. DOD looking for ways not to break MH-60R helo deal - The...
 
 

News Briefs April 18, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 As of April 15, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,802 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result...
 
 
LM-F35-hours

F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.  “Flying 15,000 hours itself demonstrates that the program is maturing, but what I think is e...
 

 
nasa-cassini

NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken w...
 
 

NASA completes LADEE mission with planned impact on Moon’s surface

Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m., PDT, April 17. LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent...
 
 
Photograph courtesy of NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Photograph courtesy of NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Kepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four inner planets, seen lined up...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>