1LT Laurence M. "Sunny" Bragg
Laurence "Sunny" Bragg
left his Norfolk, Virginia home to enlist in the US Army at age 17 on September 16, 1946. Upon completion
of Airborne School and Glider Training, he was assigned to Gen. Jim
Gavin's 82nd Airborne Division in Europe as part of the occupation
Sunny returned to civilian life and attended the University of Virginia
graduating on October 13, 1955. He reenlisted in the Army where he
attended Officer’s Candidate School and was commissioned a 2nd
Lieutenant assigned in the Infantry Branch. Sunny applied for Ranger
training and graduated with Ranger Class 7 in 1966. Ranger Bragg was
then assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in Korea. Sunny ended his
second enlistment on September 12, 1958 at the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
Retiring in the Dahlonega, Georgia area,
Ranger Bragg joined the U.S. Mountain Ranger Association. He was active
in the association serving as the vice-chairman and in many unofficial
duties. All this he performed even after losing a leg which confined him
to a wheelchair.
Sunny's awards include Ranger Tab, Jump
Wings, Glider Patch, World War II Victory Medal, and other meritorious
Sunny Bragg passed away peacefully at his
home on Dahlonega on March 22, 2016.
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