Press Release

July 21, 2003

No. 03-21

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146


(Washington, D.C.) – Paul “Buddy” Bucha, who was awarded the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award for valor, for his conspicuous gallantry during a vicious three-day battle in Vietnam in 1968, will deliver the keynote speech on Wednesday, July 30, at the opening session of Vietnam Veterans of America’s 11th biennial National Convention at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown St. Louis.  

Mr. Bucha, a West Point graduate, served as a 101st Airborne Division company commander in Vietnam. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions March 16-19, 1968, near Phuoc Vinh when he led his men through an extended battle with a battalion-sized enemy force. Despite being seriously wounded, Captain Bucha single-handedly crawled through heavy fire to destroy a machine gun bunker that had his company pinned down; directed the medical evacuation of three helicopter loads of seriously wounded troops; and led a rescue party to recover the dead and wounded members of his company.

“Buddy Bucha is a true American hero,” said VVA President Thomas H. Corey. “He showed that under fire in Vietnam and as a veterans advocate since the war. I am keenly anticipating his keynote speech, which I know will get the Convention off to a flying start.” 

An estimated 600 delegates from local VVA chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests at the Convention in St. Louis. The delegates will set the organization’s course for the next two years, hear from an array of speakers, attend information sessions and take part in special events, including the 25th Anniversary Banquet on Saturday night, August 2.  

In addition to Mr. Bucha, scheduled Convention speakers include Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell, VA Secretary Anthony Principi, who served in Vietnam, and Congressman Christopher H. Smith.


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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