You are invited to the 140th Annual George Washington Birthday Ball!
February 24, 2017
The Metropolitan Club
1 East 60th Street, New York, NY
7:00pm – Cocktail Hour
8:00pm – Dinner
Captain Paul W. Bucha
Master of Ceremonies:
George Carroll Whipple, III
Black or White Tie
Orders and Decorations
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About Our 2017 Distinguished Patriot of the Year
Paul W. “Buddy” Bucha is a Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that can be given to military personnel.
He received his BS in 1965, graduating academically in the top 2 percent of his West Point Class, number two in Military Order of Merit and a two-time All American and Captain of the Swim Team. Immediately upon graduation from West Point, he attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, receiving his MBA in 1967 and completing his Airborne and Ranger training between academic years.
After Stanford, he reported for duty with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. to prepare for deployment to Vietnam as part of Operation Eagle Thrust. On March 16, 1968, Captain Bucha was the commanding officer of a reconnaissance-in-force mission that was inserted by helicopter near Phuoc Vinh, Binh Duong Province to locate and destroy an enemy stronghold. When his men were pinned down by heavy machine-gun fire, he crawled 40 meters through a hail of enemy fire to single-handedly destroy the bunker with grenades. Though wounded, upon seeing his unit’s perimeter was about to be overrun, he ordered a withdrawal while providing covering fire. At one point during the night, he ordered his men to “play dead” while he brought in friendly fire on the enemy. He also stood, in full view of the enemy, with a flashlight to direct the evacuation of three helicopters carrying the most seriously wounded from the field of battle. For his actions, Captain Bucha received, among other decorations, the Bronze Star with V and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor. Upon his return to the U.S., he reported for assignment as Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics at West Point.
After resigning his Army commission in 1972, Bucha joined du Pont Glore Forgan as a special assistant to H. Ross Perot. He later moved to the Perot-owned Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) as Senior Vice President of International Operations, expanding EDS operations throughout the Middle East and Europe. In 1978, formed his own international consulting company, Paul W. Bucha and Company, Inc. (PWBCO), and expanded to real estate development, building the environmentally acclaimed development Port Liberte on New York Harbor. In 2005, he established, Terra Mark II, LLC which specializes in residential and mixed use development in environmentally sensitive locations. In addition to real estate, he served as CEO of Delta Frangible Ammunition, the world’s leading developer of lead-free ammunition for military and law enforcement.
Bucha actively is involved in national security and veterans issues with the encouragement of President Barack Obama’s administration, and was an advisor to candidate Obama during his 2008 campaign. He is a frequent lecturer to military leaders of all branches on honor and leadership. He has been a member of the Board and an officer of The Fisher House Foundation and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund which support military families and wounded warriors. He is active in a variety of veteran organizations including the American Legion, the U.S. Army Ranger Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Bucha has lectured on ethics in business and government at Harvard, Princeton, Haverford, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In addition to his military honors, he is a Gold Medallion inductee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an inductee of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame. In 2014 He received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the United States Military Academy. He has four children and nine grandchildren, and lives in Ridgefield, CT, with his wife, Cynthia Bell-Bucha of Cornwall, New York.
* All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law (excluding value of service of $239 per person) and will directly benefit Fraunces Tavern Museum.