Sunday, August 30, 2015

Forget Me Not: East Orange Man was on Plane at Nagasaki in A-Bomb Raid

Thomas Ronald Brady

24 Jul 1926 NJ - 17 Oct 1949

Son of Thomas Joseph Brady & Eileen G. Banks

Thomas Brady, Air Force Vet

East Orange Man was on Plane at Nagasaki in A-Bomb Raid

Thomas Ronald Brady, son of Patrolman Thomas J. Brady and former Assemblywoman Mrs. Eileen Brady of East Orange, died today in Jersey City Medical Center after a long illness. The cause of his death was given as Hodgkin’s disease. He was 23. Mr. Brady, who lived with his parents at 501 Park avenue, was a flight sergeant with the Army Air Forces during the war. He was on one of the planes which dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki in August 1945. He was hospitalized for four months of the year he spent in Japan after the war. He was in and out of the medical center since last January, having last been admitted in April. Attended Upsala. Prior to his illness he played football for Upsala College, East Orange, which he attended after leaving services in October, 1846. He also played football at East Orange High School, graduating from there in 1944. He was a member of American Legion Post 73, East Orange. Besides his parents, he leaves two brothers, William, an East Orange High School student, and John Brady of Livingston.

Thomas Brady, Air Force Vet. (1949, October 17). Newark Evening News, p. 28. New Jersey State Library, Trenton, NJ.


  1. I wonder if his"Hodgkin’s disease" was caused by exposure or if this was a cover story.

  2. I was wondering the same sad, since he was so young.

  3. I had the same thought as Charlie. But I've been busy doing the math - he was just a kid during the war. Well, he was just a kid when he died too. Such a short life but he was a football hero and war hero, although that's not much consolation for his family, I'm sure.

  4. Ronnie's story is sad, to die at such a young age. His death certificate agrees with his obituary's cause of death. I don't think those planes offered any protection from the effects of the bomb.

  5. Merrick Brady - BurlesonJanuary 25, 2022 at 1:21 PM

    I had heard of my Grandfather's brother Thomas but I had always heard he died very young. No one ever told me how he passed in my memory. I had always assumed maybe my Nana (Eileen Banks Brady) lost him after child birth. I had NO IDEA about all this history.

    My Grandfather John Joseph Brady stormed the beaches of Normandy on DDay, and my Nina (Carlyle Purcell Brady) told me he assisted in the liberation of several concentration camps. They were married not even a week after he returned home from the war.


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