|Birth: ||Sep. 6, 1948|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 1973|
VIETNAM VETERAN UNITED STATES ARMY
COMBAT PHOTOGRAPER...PURPLE HEART
BALTIMORE CITY POLICE OFFICER
SHOT AND KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Off. Buchman observed a known wanted man driving a Lincoln in Baltimore City. He attempted to stop the man and a pursuit ensued. The chase finally came to an end in the middle of the 2500 block of Quantico Avenue. Off. Buchman jumped out of his patrol vehicle in order to arrest the known wanted man. A struggle ensued where the suspect was able to take Off. Buchman's weapon and fired all 6 rounds from the revolver into Off. Buchman as he lay on the ground. Off. Buchman died at the scene. The suspect was apprehended by responding backup officers. Off. Buchman had 3 yrs. & 9 mths. service with the Department. He is survived by a wife and daughter. Off. Buchman was awarded the department's medal of honor posthumously.
From a US Army officer who served with Norman.
Norman served his country and then his community in his short 24 years of life. He nearly lost his life as a member of my photographic assignment team in Vietnam, He, and I, along with one other member of the team, were wounded in the battle for Widows's Village near Long Binh, Vietnam during the TET Offensive of 1968. As part of the Army's official Signal Corps combat photography unit, out team documented the actions of elements of the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, commanded by no less than Colonel (later Major General) George S. Patton III, the son of famous WWII general, George S. Patton. The 11th ACR units followed intense strafing by US Army Apache helicopter gunships of enemy Communist soldiers that invaded the village. Private First Class Buchman risked his life to shoot motion picture and still photo images for history when he and members of his team were wounded by an enemy grenade. He was awarded the Purple Heart, created by General George Washington, for his wounds in action. His footage and images are stored in the National Archives Records Center and area among those used routinely used by historians, authors, researchers, TV producers, and film-makers, and incorporated in series on Vietnam history. Fellow members of the 221st Signal Company (Pictorial) mourn his loss. - Colonel Sonny Craven, USA, Ret.
HE IS HONORED ON THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL WALL PANEL 11W LINE 012
WE HONOR HIS MEMORY SO HE IS NEVER FORGOTTEN.
Created by: Jdrhook
Record added: Jun 17, 2010
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