Our second medal recipient is veteran Thomas Buckley. We held this event Tuesday, August 29th at the Essex Center in Elizabethtown, New York with the full support of his close friends and family in attendance. It was an honor to coordinate this special event with the staff of the Essex Center, as both Mr. Buckley and his family were extremely grateful to have been commemorated this award.Mr. Thomas Buckley began his honorable service in July of 1945 and was stationed in Italy during most of his time spent abroad during WWII.
Mr. Buckley recalls never seeing any “hardcore” combat during his service, and says that the bulk of his time spent was somewhat like a vacation. One task that Mr. Buckley never quite understood during his service was the American soldier’s obligation to distribute massive crates of food to the people of Europe only to have them “shoot us at night”. In March of 1947, Mr. Buckley returned home and ended his service. On October 17, 2015, Buckley had the honor of attending the North Country Flight to Washington DC in honor of those who fought on foreign soil during WWII and the Korean War. He considers this day as “one of the best days of his life”.