James Brady; Korean War Veteran to Parade Magazine
James Brady (1928-2009) was a U.S. Marine Corps officer who fought in the Korean War and later built a career as an author and and magazine columnist; he is best known for his celebrity interviews on the last page of Parade Magazine
From College to Korea:
James Brady (15 November 1928 - 26 January 2009) was born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, N.Y. His career in journalism started when while attending Manhattan College, where Brady worked as a copy boy for the Daily News. To avoid being drafted into the Army, he joined the Marine Corps as a Reservist, and upon graduating in 1950, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.
The Korean War started in June 1950, and Brady was called to active duty that Fall and sent to Korea as an infantry officer in 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. He fought during the fall and bitterly cold winter of 1951-1952.
Fighting in North Korea
Brady served with Dog Company, 2nd Bn, 7th Marines and the majority of his service took place in North Korea's Taebaek Mountains during the fall and bitterly cold winter of 1951-1952. At first Brady led a rifle platoon but as casualties mounted, his coolness under fire was noted and he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and acted as the executive officer for a rifle company, at one point serving under Capt John Chafee, who later served as Sect of the Navy and senator from Rhode Island.
Brady was awarded the Bronze Star with the Combat V in November 2001 for his actions on May 31, 1952 in a firefight with Chinese forces near Panmunjom.
In the years following Korea, Brady spoke to groups of Marines and other veterans about what he described as a "forgotten war", one where he went to Korea as an immature 23-year-old, and "Nine months later when I left, I was a grown-up and a pretty good Marine office."
Brady's Writing Career
Brady wrote extensively about his experiences as a Marine in Korea, including his 1990 autobiography 'The Coldest War,' a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His other books include 'The Marine' (2003), as well as the non-fiction books 'The Scariest Place in the World,' and 'Why Marines Fight." His last book 'Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Legendary Marine John Basilone' was completed days before Brady's death and published posthumously.
Based on his years in the fashion and media world, Brady also wrote novels that provided an insider's insights. He was hired as the publisher of Women's Wear Daily in 1964, and later creating W, a spin-off from WWD. In 1971 Brady was named editor and publisher of Harper's Bazaar,where his efforts to target a younger audience led to an early firing. His experiences in fashion publishing provided input for his 1974 book 'Superchic 'about the industry, described in a review as "his revenge on the fashion world.
Rupert Murdoch hired Brady in 1974 to serve as editor of his new weekly tabloid Star, a magazine specializing in celebrity gossip and scandals, but shifted him to the New York Post. Brady was a major participant in the creation of Page Six, a celebrity news and gossip column, and later wrote columns for Advertising Age and Crain's New York Business. Brady is likely best known for his celebrity profile column in Parade that ran for 23 years, until his death in 2009. His final column was a profile of actor Kevin Bacon, known for playing Marine officers in the blockbuster movies "Taking Chance" and "A Few Good Men."
Brady's Awards & Books:
He received the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction from the American Library Association in 2003 for his novel 'Warning of War,' and his 1990 memoir 'The Coldest War' was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
* Paris One (fiction), (1978)
* Why Marines Fight St (2008)
* The Marine: A Novel of War from Guadalcanal to Korea (2004)
* The Marines of Autumn: A Novel of the Korean (2001)
* The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea (1990)
* Warning of War: A Novel of the North China Marines (2003)
* The Scariest Place in the World: A Marine Returns to North Korea (2006)
* A Hamptons Christmas (2001)
* Gin Lane (1998)
* Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone (2010)