June 6, 1944
This day has a particular and solemn observance in our home.
My father, Major Millard Robert Buckley, M.D. of Richmond, Virginia,
was the Regimental Surgeon for the 116th Infantry, 29th Division,
and as such participated in the first hour of D-Day on Omaha Beach in Normandy.
For his actions that day, he was awarded a Bronze Star.
Had he reported a fuller account of his activities, he would no doubt have received a Silver Star.
He was of the firm belief, however, that medals were for heroes, and the heroes were all dead.
He died suddenly, unexpectedly, and peacefully at home in Newport News, Virginia
of a massive coronary thrombosis on Monday, April 25, 1960 at the age of 52-1/2.
My mother always said he was killed in the war. It just took him 25 years to die.
This photograph represents a miraculous find I made on the Internet. The
man kneeling on the right, tending the wounded soldier on Omaha Beach, is
My sister and I were able to recognize him
by his cheeks, his stance, his hands,
and his boots (which my fourth son,
Joshua, still owns).
|6 June 1944||18 Oct 1963|
FOR MY DADDY'S FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ACCOUNT OF THE D-DAY EXPERIENCE, CLICK HERE.
FOR AN INCREDIBLY MOVING TRIBUTE TO OUR
Thanks to Judy Horton Lindstrom ('63) of FL - 06/17/04 - for this link.
case you missed this site on the web:
National D-Day Memorial Foundation:
I am a proud member. I am dismayed that their fund raising efforts have not been more successful towards retiring their construction debt.
Maj. Joseph A.
Madagan, USAR Ret. ('57) of FL - 06/22/04
Movies to Watch
1. D-Day, the Sixth of
June (1956) **