Army Veteran John P. Buck served with the 10th Armored Division during World War II.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran John P. Buck, who served during World War II.
Buck was born in 1920 in Union Township, Indiana. He went to a consolidated school and worked in construction until he was drafted into the Army in 1942. Buck was sent to Fort Eustis, Virginia, to complete basic training. Although he was supposed to go to clerical school, Buck was instead assigned to the 455th Automatic Weapons Battalion of the 10th Armored Division.
Buck’s unit shipped out of New York City and arrived in Nova Scotia, where they then boarded the Queen Elizabeth and sailed to Glasgow, Scotland. From Glasgow, he was sent to Normandy, France, and later Germany.
For his service, Buck was awarded the Bronze Star and World War II Victory Medal.
John P. Buck died in 2012. He was 91.
We honor his service.
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This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
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