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Sgt Ernest Bucklew

Sgt Ernest Bucklew

Geneva, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Nov 2003 (aged 33)
Burial Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 8071118 · View Source
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Army sergeant Ernest Bucklew was killed in a missle attack as he was returning home for his mother's funeral and was buried along side her.
Ernest, 33, was on emergency leave when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter he was in was shot down near Fallujah, Iraq. Sixteen soldiers were killed in the attack.

Ernest was promoted posthumously to Staff Sergeant and was buried with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute. Military officials presented his wife, Barbara, and his father, Donald, with American flags. Barbara Buckleew also received her husband's Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Ernest was the son of a coal miner, grew up in Geneva, Pennsylvania and Morgantown, West Virginia, where he attended high school and college and joined the National Guard. He joined the Army in 1999.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Barbaba Ellen Kennedy Bucklew, and his sons, Joshua and Justin of Colorado; his father, Donald R. Bucklew; a sister and brother-in-law, Dawn Marie and Chris DeFelice, and a niece, Kristyn and nephew Zackery, all of Enon Valley.

(see his mother's site: Mary Ellen Bucklew)

(edited information was kindly provided by Dennis Deel)

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  • Created by: Grace, Peace and Love, Karen
  • Added: 8 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8071118
  • Dennis Alan Deel
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Ernest Bucklew (28 Jul 1970–2 Nov 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8071118, citing Beaver Falls Cemetery and Mausoleum, Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Grace, Peace and Love, Karen (contributor 46491833) .