Buck, Paul John, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
111.6-Infantry Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11B40, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1948 - 1966

Staff Sergeant


Six Service Stripes



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1931
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia
Last Address
Thorofare

Casualty Date
Mar 27, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
06E 052

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Infantry Division3rd Infantry Division1st Infantry Division2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment
  1950-1950, 4745, 2nd Infantry Division
  1957-1961, 111.10, 3rd Infantry Division
  1965-1966, 11B40, 1st Infantry Division
  1965-1966, 11B40, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1962-1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Crimp
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSgt. Paul Buck enlisted from New Jersey.  Then Cpl. Buck  served during the Korean in the 2nd Infantry Division.  He was wounded on 15 August 1950, suffering a severe head wound.  (According to National Archives, returned to duty.)

When he healed, he reenlisted. He served a tour in Korea in 1961; then to Germany in 1963 during the Berlin Crises.  Then asked to be assigned to South Vietnam when that began to heat up.

In Vietnam, he served with B Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry Division near Bien Hoa beginning December 1965. He was killed in a firefight while on a search and destroy operation, southeast of Ben Cat, Binh Duong Province. He was wounded, then killed during this operation; and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with "V".

He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, Plot: Section 37 Site 2406 .

He left a wife, Joan,  and two sons at his passing.
   
Comments/Citation
Obituary and Biography:
https://www.njvvmf.org/faces/bio/1495

National Archives:
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=230&mtch=1&cat=GP21&tf=F&q=Paul+Buck&bc=,sl,sd&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=11605

Possibly involved in Operations Marauder, Crimp, Rolling Stone.
   
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