Clifford Robert Braford

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  • Name: Clifford Robert Braford
  • Location of Birth: Staples, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: September 11, 1895 **
  • Date of Death: November 12, 1957 (62 years old)
  • Parents: Robert Braford and Sabra (Lusk) Braford
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  • College:
  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: April 25, 1918 (Enlistment date)
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  • Date of Discharge: June 18, 1919 (Discharge date)
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Silver Star
    Purple Heart

  • Military Highlights:
    Served in the 357th Ambulance Company, 90th Infantry Division.

    Information in the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:
    Name: Clifford Braford
    Race: Caucasian (White)
    Marital Status: Married
    Birth Date: September 11, 1896
    Birth Place: Minnesota
    Residence Date: 1917-1918
    Residence Place: Park Rapids, Hubbard County, Minnesota, USA
    Occupation: Laborer
    Employed by: John Pettejohn
    Physical Build: Slender
    Height: Tall
    Hair Color: Light Brown
    Eye Color: Light Blue

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:
    Name: Clifford R. Braford
    Gender: Male
    Registration Age: 46
    Birth Date: September 11, 1896 (1895)
    Birth Place: Staples, Todd, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Wirt, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: About 1942
    Military Draft Date: 1942
    Height: 6'
    Weight: 172
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Mildred Braford
    Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification: scar on left leg

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Clifford was a Grand Rapids, Minnesota resident for 29 years. He was a maintenance man for the Oliver Iron Mining division at Coleraine, Minnesota.

    He was married in Cass Lake, Minnesota in 1921 and brought his family to Itasca County in 1928.

    Mr. Braford had membership in the McVeigh-Dunn American Legion post, the Ponti-Peterson VFW post and the Steelworkers Union.

    Survivors include his wife, Mildred; three daughters, Mrs. Donald Laudenbach, Mrs. Paul Moore, and Mrs. Arde Olson; two sons, Jay and Ralph; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Jackson, Mrs. Mattie Jackson, Mrs. Mable Clark, and Mrs. Vidde Drumbeater; four brothers, Frank, Sherman, Albert, and Lumie.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-C-13-2-2)

    ** There is a discrepancy in the year Clifford Braford was born. Some records show 1895, while draft registration cards show the year as 1896.

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