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JACK OʼBRIEN BRADSHAW (former Crossroad Resident)

Major General(Retired), US Army

Born in Bradfordsville KY in March 1936, the eleventh of thirteen children born to Joseph and Lucille Bradshaw, Jack and his family moved to southern Indiana in 1940, where his mother died in 1943. By 1947 Jack and two younger brothers had no home and had missed two or more years of school.  Immanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church in Crothersville IN sponsored placement of the three boys in the Fort Wayne Indiana Childrenʼs Home, where Jack lived until 1953. This Home is now known as Crossroad Child & Family Services.

Jack graduated from North Side High School in Fort Wayne in 1954. He declined a scholarship to Yale University in order to accept appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  He graduated from West Point with honors in 1958 and was commissioned in the Field Artillery. He pursued a military career and attained the rank of Brigadier General in 1979, as a consequence of early promotions.

Bradshaw served in a series of assignments typical of a successful Army career, encompassing command and staff, military and civilian schools, and duty overseas and in the United States. Highlights of his career were study at Heidelberg University in Germany, service with the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam, command of a battalion in Germany, study at the US Army War College, and serving as Executive Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff and to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Promoted to Major General in January 1983 Bradshaw commanded the US Army Recruiting Command through June 1985. Until August 1986, when he retired following 28 years of Army service, he was in the Pentagon, responsible for Army Strategy and War Plans.

In 1986 Jack took a position with Motorola, Inc. in Chicago. He became Corporate Vice President and Director of Ethics and Compliance for the company, with global responsibility to oversee compliance with laws and regulations in the areas of government contracts, customs, and export controls. He wrote the Code of Business Conduct and created the ethics program that Motorola now has. Jack retired from Motorola in 2001.

Jack Bradshaw is married to the former Lynne Thomas, whose home was Greenville, Pennsylvania. They have three sons and five grandchildren. In 2006 Jack and Lynne moved to a horse farm in southern Indiana.