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Bucklew, Phil H. (1914-1991)

Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)


Based on nine interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from March 1980 through June 1980. The volume contains 451pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1982 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.


A legendary figure within Navy circles, Captain Bucklew devoted his entire Navy career to scouting, raiding and intelligence. One of the Navy's first "frogmen" and a charter member of its Scouts and Raiders of World War II, he scouted the beaches at Normandy, Salerno, and Sicily weeks before Allied invasions. Then, moving to China, he slipped by Japanese occupation troops to conduct a 400-mile overland scouting trip of the coastline near Hong Kong. In 1964, Captain Bucklew led a study team to investigate the communist infiltration problems in South Vietnam. Prior to his Navy career, Captain Bucklew was a collegiate and professional football star.


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