Buckingham, Richard (Interview transcript and video), 2017

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Buckingham, Richard (Interview transcript and video), 2017

Description

Richard "Buck" Buckingham was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929. Buckingham grew up in Detroit and graduated from Redford High School in 1947. He then attended Hillsdale College for two years before transferring to Michigan State University where he stayed for one year. In 1951, Buckingham considered joining the Air Force, but this ended up not happening because the program he was interested in was cut off. However, in December 1951, Buckingham was drafted into the Marine Corps. Buckingham first reported to Detroit and was then sent to Parris Island, South Carolina where he went through a twelve-week training program. Once Buckingham completed his training, he joined the 8th Engineer Battalion at Camp Geiger in North Carolina and began working in personnel at an engineering headquarters and service company there. In November 1952, Buckingham moved to Arlington, Virginia and started working at the Headquarters Marine Corps. During his time in Arlington, Buckingham drove a Jeep in Dwight D. Eisenhower's inaugural parade, met his future wife who worked for the Air Force, and eventually became a corporal. In December 1953, Buckingham's enlistment ended, and he returned to Michigan State University where he earned a degree in business administration. After graduating, Buckingham sold insurance for a year before landing a longlasting job at Sears, Roebuck, and Company.

Date

2017-12-05

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Publisher

Grand Valley State University Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI, 49401.

Contributor

Smither, James (Interviewer)

Relation

Veterans History Project (U.S.)

Identifier

RHC-27_BuckinghamR2174V

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video/mp4
application/pdf

Type

Moving Image
Text

Language

eng

Citation

Buckingham, Richard B., “Buckingham, Richard (Interview transcript and video), 2017,” Digital Collections, accessed November 28, 2021, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/45477.
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