Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/16/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear 1LT Peter B Bushey, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
We RememberPosted on 2/8/11 - by Robert Sage email@example.comPeter is buried at Long Island Nat Cemetery.
The Herald Statesman - Yonkers, NY - December 27, 1967Posted on 10/7/09 - by Jim McIlhenney firstname.lastname@example.orgOUR 19THMORE
1ST LT. BUSHEY, 24, KILLED BY SNIPER NEAR TAY NINH
By Jennie Tritten
A visit by Army personnel on Sunday and a telegram delivered Christmas Day saddened the holiday for Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bushey of 570 N. Broadway.
Their only child, 1st Lt. Peter B. Bushey, 24, a journalist, was reported killed by a sniper near Tay Ninh, Vietnam, on Dec. 22. He was Yonkers' 19th Vietnam war fatality.
Lt. Bushey arrived in Vietnam five months ago. He served in the public information detachment of the 25th Infantry Division since Aug. 1.
The Yonkers serviceman worked on the editorial staff of The Herald Statesman as a copy editor from June 13, 1966 until November 1966, while awaiting his call for service. He reported to Fort Benning, Ga. Nov. 17.
While in Vietnam he wrote for his division's newspaper, Tropic Lightning News.
The September issue carried his story about Duke, a 75-pound German Shepard scout dog and his handler, Pfc. David M. Monger of Fountain City, Ind. Both had been wounded when their company was ambushed in the Iron Triangle. Peter's story told of their reunion while recovering in the 25th Medical Battalion Ward.
The Aug. 14 and Dec. 11 "Special Delivery to Vietnam" column by Carol DeMare in The Herald Statesman carried excerpts from his letters.
He said he hoped to send back some stories on Yonkers serviceman.
The Herald Statesman published his first contribution, "The Perils of Saigon Traffic," on Aug. 22.
Lt. Bushey was born June 19, 1943, in Yonkers. He was graduated from Yonkers High School.
His love of newspaper writing was apparent in high school. He served as sports editor of "The Broadcaster." He also was a member of the National Honor Society.
In 1965 he received his B.A. degree at City College of New York. He got his master's in journalism at Columbia University in June 1966 and was graduated with honors.
"Last Wednesday his Christmas card arrived at home," said Mrs. Bushey. "He told us about the package he received from Yonkers school children and wished everyone a Merry Christmas."
The serviceman wrote home regularity.
From September 1964 to June 1965 he was the college correspondent for the New York Times while attending City College. He covered related events on and off the campus.
"His writing career began early," recalls a personal friend and fellow worker. "He wrote for the Hawthorne Junior High School newspaper."
A scrapbook of Peter's stories and career remains. Among them was the Aug. 11, 1966 front page story he wrote on substandard houses in Yonkers.
I served with Peter BusheyPosted on 12/22/07 - by email@example.comWe had a small office of about 20 people in Vietnam so I got to know Peter fairly well. I was on office duty when the call came in that he had been killed. I honor his memory every December 22nd. I do feel after 40 years (today) that I need to say goodbye to him.MORE
Never ForgottenPosted on 1/26/06 - by Bill Nelson firstname.lastname@example.orgFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.