Archbishop McNicholas High School hosted a special Veteran's Day celebration this year on Friday, November 10. U.S Representative and U.S Army Reserves Colonel Brad Wenstrup presented the French Legion of Honor Medal to World War II veteran Frank "Bud" Buschmeier. The French Legion of Honor Medal is the highest merit for military and civil merits. It was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.
Frank “Bud” Buschmeier was born February 28, 1923, and at age 19, he was drafted in the Army Air Corps, now the Air Force. He graduated from Terrace Park High School and began basic training on January 20, 1943. After basic training, he went to armament school and advanced armament gunnery school. Buschmeier flew in B-17's as the left waist gunner with the 350th squadron of the 100th Bomb Group also known as the Bloody Hundredth.
On July 29, 1944, Buschemeier was on his 34th mission headed to an oil plant in Meresburg, Germany, when hit. The right waist gunner was shot, eight of the crew bailed out, of which three were shot and hung, and four including Buschmeier became prisoners of war for nine months until the war’s end. Buschmeier served honorably from January 20, 1943 to October 29, 1945.
The morning also included a thank you from the Brad Giesting family for the school's participation in the recent Random Acts of Kindness Day as well as a presentation to McNicholas for its participation in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Tracy Butts from the Veteran's Administration recognized the nearly 170 volunteers who helped with the games this past July.
Following the program, McNicholas students hosted family members who are active military or veterans for a breakfast. A number of McNicholas alumni who are military veterans joined them.