Sgt. Buc: A Journey to Freedom
Sgt. Buc: A Journey to Freedom
A journey to share the history of WW2 in a traveling exhibit to bridge the gap between military and non-military individuals.
A journey to share the history of WW2 in a traveling exhibit to bridge the gap between military and non-military individuals. Read more
About this project
Growing up as a child I never could figure out why dad would shut out his family by being away from home so often. I loved my dad and remember the good times on Sunday or at Garver Lake with the cousins but knew we could not have friends at the house when dad came home.
Dad never spoke of the war or even being in the military, which I found out later was normal. After dad died in 1982 I was given some of his belongings and made a discovery that was about to change my life forever.
Along the way of researching dad's involvement in his unit, 94th Infantry Division, I learned "life changing" facts that freed me from all the burdens that plagued me for years, he had shell shock and battle fatique. But in boot camp, his men loved him beyond words. Now I knew dad before he was my dad and what battles in life he faced.
My journey to freedom created a passion for this time period and the military overall. People may not remember exactly what was done or what was said, but, they will always remember how we will make them feel.
This project is designed to connect an understanding between military and non-military citizens and hopefully to "free" others from the demons created by war. Knowledge is power and healing, and that is what Sgt. Buc is offering.
Sometimes I ask myself why do I want to take the two hours to load up the trailer and drive to the exhibit site and take another two hours to set up. Then take another two hours to take down the exhibit and reload the trailer to drive home and unload for the next time. This work is hard on the back and muscles and very tiring to say the least. But then I go through the pictures of dad during his time in the service, I watch documentaries about the days on end these men were under constant attack from the enemy without sleep or rest. The trials and tribulations these men had to endure and even death. It's then I stop feeling sorry for myself and push on to do my part to make the non-military civilian aware of these hardships. And how a nation came together and supported the effort to free a world under oppression. I want our military citizen to know I care about what they did and what they are currently doing.
Sgt. Buc needs your support to get into the public eye with this exhibit. We need the trailer to comfortably carry the items collected and not stuff them into a rented trailer or horse stock trailer, which we are currently using. Sgt. Buc needs to recondition our high milage 1997 pickup truck to be safer on the long trips to the neighborhoods of America to share the story of freedom to millions. We need to share the diverse story of the many ethnic groups in a display that will interest people to research their heritage that made victory possible. Women from around the world, not only in America, contributed to the story we want to tell. I have invested thousands of dollars and hours of work in the basement and garage. My wife has endured me working the long hours to prepare this project to launch. My passion to do this can be shared with your help and I want to include you as well in a way that you can be proud of as a backer of this project. Come with me on this journey and tell me your story and maybe free yourself from a burden you have.
WHO WAS SGT. BUC?
Sgt. Buc, as he was refered to by his men, was born Michal Wladyslaw Buczkowski in October 1922. He was 2nd generation American with a Polish heritage. He later adopted the American version of his name as Mike Walter Buczkowski. Mike lied about his age after completing his second year in High School to join the Army in 1940. At that time Poland had already been invaded by Hitler and it seems Mike knew the war was coming. Mike grew up in a family of seven brothers and one sister in a quiet neighborhood in South Bend , Indiana. Everything seemed normal at that point.
To summarize his military career, Mike went to Fort Bragg for boot camp with the 9th Division, later went to the 8th Division, 28th Regiment Black Lions where he particiated in the Carolina Maneuvers. He then spent some time with the 77th Division where he then was part of the cadre that trained the newly formed 94th Infantry Division where he participated in the Tennessee Maneuvers. Mike spent the rest of the time, including ETO with the 94th ID, which served under General Patton in Europe.
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Risks and challenges
Weather is always a challenge to a traveling exhibit along with mechanical breakdowns. Weather conditions will be monitored and rental backups are in place for alternative plans.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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