More detail on this person: Memories services at Ream Field, for a Chula Vista Navy lieutenant killed in a helicopter crash at sea this week were held yesterday followed by burial in Glen Abbey Memorial Park, Bonita. LT Ronald R. Bradley, 26, of 451 Casselamn St. His widow, Sue, is a Hilltop Elementary School first great teacher. Two other men in the helicopter were injured in the Saturday night crash and a fourth is missing, the Navy disclosed at the end of an extensive search Sunday. Born in Springer, N.M., Bradley lived in the South Bay area three years. He had been married for two years to the former Sue Schoop of Indio, Calif. He had served in the Navy for 3 A½ years. Prior to his Navy service, the lieutenant attended the University of Maryland, and high school and grade school. He is survived by his parents, Marine Col. and Mrs. Gilbert Bradley of Honolulu who traveled to Chula Vista after news of the tragedy; two sisters, Mrs. Glenna House of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Janice Sullivan of Chicago, Ill. Also in Chula Vista at this time are Mrs. Sue BradleyâÇÖs parents, Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Schoop of Indio. The ill-fated helicopter was attached to Support Squadron 1 at the Naval Air Station in Imperial Beach. It took off from the USS Enterprise in training operations Saturday night with a flight plan that did not call for it to go more than five miles from the vessel. A short time later, about 10:30 p.m., the Enterprise lost radio and radar contact, a Navy spokesman said, and a rescue operation was undertaken by both the Enterprise and the carried Kitty Hawk which was nearby. Crews aboard helicopters from the Kitty Hawk picked up the rescued men. They were in the water about an hour and a half. The search was hampered by fog. Two Destroyers, the Dehaven and the Prichett, joined the carriers. Helicopters remained up until 2 a.m., Sunday, then resumed the search at dawn. The vessels conducted the surface search continuously. The co-pilot, Lt. (jg) George Kirsten of Sun City and Petty Officer 3/c Kenneth Carpenter of Coronado were flown to Navy Hospital in San Diego. Airman Brian Mullen of Las Vegas was declared lost at sea. The crash took place about 50 miles off San Diego.
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