Orrie Julius BuskeyPrivate First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 7TH CAV RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
07 June 1946 - 08 August 1966
Champlain, New York
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We miss you, Orrie ...
I wanted tell you one more time how much I love you ... and how so very proud of you I am. You were always there for me when we were growing up ... You being the oldest brother you looked out for the rest of us ... You were our hero way back then ... sure hope you knew that.
I kept your letters you wrote to me from Nam ... I am keeping that promise to you ... each time I see a soldier I send them my utmost respect and admiration. I tell them how you told me that you were all brothers and how they would be there for me ... You know ... you are right, big brother ... Each soldier I talk to tells me how they honor and respect you ... That "you" are what they mean when they say "Freedom doesn't come free". There is a unspoken bond between me and the soldiers I talk to ... If the world could feel this there would be no wars, no fighting.
Many times I feel you are still here ... It may be in the form of my son's smile ... or a song that we use to sing to ... I feel you all around me at times ... You were a great inspiration for me ... I know you would be proud of me ... I know it was your love and faith in me that showed me that I could do anything I set my mind to. I miss you, Orrie ... as the years passed by ... Dad came to join you. Now the day before 9/11 Mom came to be with you too ... Someday we will meet again ... until then I will keep you in my prayers and in my heart brother.
A memorial from his sister,
Well, my bro, it's been over 30 years now and I have not forgotten you for here I sit writing this down so you will know, bro, I have not forgotten you even if didn't know you. In my heart you will always be, along with all the rest on this Wall. I think soon I will be there with you and I will shake your hand as I come.
May God Keep You Always
From just a vet,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 01 August 1966 units of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, were inserted into the Ia Drang Valley for a search-and-destroy operation named PAUL REVERE II. Although ample evidence of the enemy's presence was found during the first week, 1/7 Cav had little contact with enemy forces.
That changed shortly after noon on 08 August when "A" Company made contact with a large enemy force near Landing Zone JULIET. The 3rd Platoon was on point and made the initial contact with the NVA. They aggressively pursued and were immediately hit by several enemy heavy and light machineguns, cutting them off from the rest of the company. Most of the 3rd Platoon was able to exfiltrate back to the "A" Company perimeter, where the company found itself under very heavy attack. By 1500, artillery and air strikes had discouraged the NVA, which broke contact and withdrew into the jungles.
The price paid by "A" Company was very high - 25 dead, 36 more wounded. The dead were
PFC Buskey received his first Combat Infantry Badge, first Purple Heart, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in the Dominican Republic.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 1 Apr 2004
Last updated 07/11/2006