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Press Release

June 20, 2006

No. 06-14

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext. 146

Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient to Deliver
Keynote at VVA Leadership Conference

(Washington, D.C.) – Paul “Buddy” Bucha, who was awarded the Medal of Honor—the military’s highest award—for conspicuous gallantry during a vicious three-day battle in Vietnam in 1968, will deliver the keynote speech on Wednesday, July 12, at the opening ceremonies of Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Leadership Conference at the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel and Resort in Tucson.  

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 against a battalion-sized enemy force. Despite being seriously wounded, Captain Bucha single-handedly crawled through heavy enemy 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. 

“During the period of intensive combat, Capt. Bucha, by his extraordinary heroism, inspirational example, outstanding leadership and professional competence, led his company in the decimation of a superior enemy force which left 156 dead on the battlefield,” his Medal of Honor citation reads. “His bravery and gallantry at the risk of his life are in the highest traditions of the military service.”


Besides being one of our nation’s most highly decorated veterans, Bucha is a successful businessman and renowned lecturer on ethics in business and government.  He is the founder of a multi-million dollar investment corporation that has diverse real estate ventures such as Sugarloaf USA, a golf and ski resort, and Half Moon Bay, a residential community on the shores of the Hudson River.  Bucha has presented lectures at Harvard, Princeton, United States Air Force Academy, United States Military Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy.


“We are honored that Buddy Bucha will be with us to kick off the Leadership Conference,” said VVA President John Rowan. “Buddy is a dynamic speaker, a long-time veterans’ advocate, and a true American hero.”


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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