In 1959, he graduated from Seattle University with a degree in psychology and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.
In January of 1964, Brady volunteered for Vietnam and was assigned to the 57th Medical Detachment Helicopter Ambulance under Major Charles Kelly. The unit’s call-sign was “Dust Off,” a cry for help and was the most famous of all Vietnam call-signs.
Brady returned to Vietnam on a second tour in 1967 with the 54th medical detachment whom he trained to use daring techniques never before attempted in combat.
On October 9, 1969, Brady was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Nixon.. During this dangerous mission, all three of Brady’s aircraft had over 400 bullet holes in them and two crew members were wounded, but they saved 51 seriously injured men who would have died had they not been rescued.
In two tours in Vietnam, Brady flew over 2,500 combat missions, and rescued over 5,000 wounded.