Bethany Groff Dorau first encountered Marine Corps Private Eben Bradbury in 2014, when a strange coincidence brought them together. They were neighbors, he had a wonderful shy smile, and they had a similar sense of humor. She learned his nickname, met his family, read his mail, and discovered that they were distant cousins. The catch to this love story? Eben has been dead for a century, killed on June 12, 1918, in the blood-soaked wheat fields of Belleau Wood in France. Follow the journey of Eben “Bunny” Bradbury from his doorstep on Bromfield Street to the battlefields of France, and how the love and support of his hometown, a century later, helped to bring the story of “our boy” to life.
Bethany Groff Dorau is the author of A Newburyport Marine in World War I: The Life and Legacy of Eben Bradbury (June 2018, History Press), A Brief History of Old Newbury (History Press), and a primary contributor to the Defining Documents in American History Series.
She is the North Shore Regional Site Manager for Historic New England, based at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury.