Bucklew, Phil Hinkle, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
113X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1963-1966, 113X, Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1)/SEAL Team 1
Service Years
1930 - 1969
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1914
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Bucklew, Phil Hinkle, CAPT USN(Ret).
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Columbus
Last Address
Fairfax, VA

Date of Passing
Dec 30, 1992
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 8 SITE 10174

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

First Navy Cross citation



Citation:




The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign] Phil Hinkle Bucklew, United States Naval (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as a Scout Boat Officer in action against enemy forces during the amphibious assault on the Island of Sicily on July 10, 1943. Achieving a high degree of success in his capable and resourceful training of scout boat crews for the entire attack force, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Bucklew participated in the actual invasion with outstanding courage. Undeterred by glaring searchlight illumination and withering blasts of hostile weapons, he proceeded through hazardous waters, located the designated beach and directed the assault boat wave. Utterly disregarding shore battery and machine-gun fire which repeatedly struck his vessel, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Bucklew persevered in guiding subsequent waves to the proper beach. The conduct of Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Bucklew throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.




Second Navy Cross citation



Citation:




The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Phil Hinkle Bucklew, United States Naval (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Officer in Charge of an LCT Scout Boat during the amphibious assault on the Normandy Coast of France on June 6, 1944. Embarked in one of the first craft to approach the strongly defended cost, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Bucklew successfully accomplished his highly important mission of locating the designated beaches and, despite rough surf and continuous harassing enemy fire, skillfully led the first wave of DD tanks, going in close to the beach and taking his station as guide. Firing his boat's rockets over the tanks at target objectives in support of the landings, he moved in closer to direct his guns at suspected hostile machine-gun nests in houses along the beach and subsequently, in the face of heavy enemy opposition, rescued wounded personnel from burning landing craft and regulated the flow of traffic throughout the morning and afternoon of D-Day. The conduct of Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Bucklew throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.



   
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Special Warfare Officer Badge
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 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffNAB Little CreekNROTC (Faculty Staff)Beach Jumper Unit 2 (BJU-2)
Commander Amphibious Training Pacific (COMPHIBTRA PAC)Naval Special Warfare  Group 1 (NSWG-1)/SEAL Team 1
  1941-1943, Scouts and Raiders Training (WW2)
  1942-1942, 110X, NAB Little Creek
  1948-1951, 9420, Columbia University NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1956, 110X, Beach Jumper Unit 2 (BJU-2)
  1961-1963, 183X, Commander Amphibious Training Pacific (COMPHIBTRA PAC)
  1963-1966, 113X, Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1)/SEAL Team 1
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (65-66)
 Colleges Attended 
Xavier University, Cincinnati, OHColumbia University
  1932-1936, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  1948-1951, Columbia University
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