Episode 2816 – Medal of Honor tribute to Army CPT Paul Bucha       

Medal of Honor recipient CPT Paul Bucha, Vietnam Veteran News, Mack Payne

Medal of Honor recipient CPT Paul Bucha

Congressional Medal of Honor, Vietnam Veteran News, Mack Payne

Congressional Medal of Honor

Episode 2816 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature Army CPT Paul Bucha, his Congressional Medal of Honor award and his life of service. Information about him included in this episode comes Wikipedia and a piece about him from the Thayer Leadership Organization.

It was reported that: Paul William Bucha (born August 1, 1943) is an American Vietnam War veteran and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. He was a foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Bucha is of Croatian descent; his paternal grandfather immigrated to the United States from the Croatian town of Našice. He graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1961. An all-American swimmer in high school, Bucha was offered athletic scholarships to several universities but turned them down and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduation he earned a Master of Business Administration at Stanford University before beginning his military career at Fort Campbell.

Bucha was sent to Vietnam in 1967 as a captain and commander of Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment. On March 16, 1968, he and his company of 89 men were dropped by helicopter southwest of Phước Vĩnh, in Bình Dương Province.

According to the Thayer article, Bucha resigned his Army commission in 1972. Paul Bucha joined du Pont Glore Forgan as a special assistant to H. Ross Perot in 1972 and later moved to the Perot owned Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) as Senior Vice President of International Operations. In 1973, Paul Bucha established the new EDS headquarters in Teheran, Iran, and remained in the Middle East until 1978 having expanded the operations throughout the Middle East and Europe.

As a member of the Board of Directors of WHX Corporation, he was asked to assume the title of Chairman of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation in 1996 to preside over the reorganization of the company.

Listen to episode 2816 and discover more about Army CPT Paul Bucha, his Congressional Medal of Honor award and his life of service.

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