Ben "Rag" Rodney Bradford

September 20, 1948April 10, 2021

Ben "Rag" Rodney Bradford was born on September 20, 1948 and passed away on April 10, 2021 and is under the care of American Heritage Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held on May 7, 2021 at 10:00 am at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX. Funeral Service will be held on May 7, 2021 at 11:45 am at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX. Committal Service will be held on May 7, 2021 at 1:15 pm at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021


Ben "Rag" Rodney Bradford

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Anthony Pierre

May 7, 2021

Calvin...praying for you and your family during this difficult time brother.

Ruth Washington-Simpson

May 7, 2021

My condolences to the Bradford family whom I have known for years. I know the family is hurting right now, but God will see you through this hurt. Love you all.

Rickie Mosley

May 6, 2021

Ben (B-Rag as we called him) was my best friend's brother, so he was like a big brother to both of us. Always fun and laughter around him. Never a dull moment. To see some of his Viet Nam buddies' comments about him taking the point on recon, that was him, always out front leading. He will be missed, and Loved. Peace My Brother. To the Family; Love, Prayers, and Peace.

Rickie B. Mosley

Rod Jefferson

May 3, 2021

My Uncle Rag 😊 ❤ ♥....was a great 💪 man....he had a ❤ of gold....I'm gonna miss him 😢

Len Calabree

April 27, 2021

As the Platoon Sergeant of the Recon platoon that Ben was a member in Vietnam, I felt blessed to have so many outstanding soldiers in my unit. Ben certainly was one of them.
For those who might not know, our platoon was comprised of volunteers. Men volunteered for our platoon for different reasons. Not recalling exactly why Ben volunteered, and knowing him as a soldier, I can safely say that he wanted to be tested to the extreme.
I vividly recall Ben often having a smile and always a ready laugh. On the other hand he was a serious soldier who readily walked as the point man while in the jungle, the position that was notoriously known as the most dangerous position in Vietnam.
After our military service I did not have contact with Ben for several years. About 12 years ago we finally were reunited by phone and shared calls over the years. He was a special person who will be missed.
My sincere sympathy is extended to Ben's family and friends.

Sharon Hicks

April 20, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. I hadn’t the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ben but Steven Reeves (my grandson-in-law) always spoke so highly of him and with great love. Mr. Ben had to be a fine person to show care to a young man that so needed care shown to him. God bless all his loved ones

Charles Wilson

April 19, 2021

Sorry for your loss. RNP Rag.Sympathy to the family, friends and loved ones

Leigh Thomas

April 19, 2021

I,m one of Ben,s RECON brothers. He will be missed.

Leigh Thomas

Paul LaFalce

April 14, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Ben’s passing and offer my deepest condolences to his family. I served in the Army with Ben in Vietnam. He was my brother. Ben was a good soldier and he walked point for our Recon platoon. We shared many good times during our tour. Ben was always upbeat and willing to share a laugh. The photo of Ben I attached was taken the first day I arrived to join Recon. It was early August 1969 during the monsoon season. Recon had just come in from the field for a short stand down and Ben was drying out his equipment. I can remember his laugh from the first day I met him. We stayed in touch over the years by phone. I’ll never forget my brother Ben. Rest In Peace old friend.

Carolyn McCray Edgely

April 14, 2021

My condolences goes to the family of Ben "Rag" Bradford. I've know Rag for so many years. Coldspring was our school hometown. Rag was always a gentleman in my eyesight. May you rest in peace.

Your schoolmate,
Carolyn McCray Edgely