From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Newspaper clipping dedicated to U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Monte Rex Busby comprising an obituary entitled, "Busby lived the life he wanted: As a GI" from the, "KILLED IN VIETNAM" section, by news staff writer, "BEN HOGAN". In content, the obituary discusses SSG Busby's childhood obsession with a future military career, his initial completion of a successful tour in Vietnam, his return home and foray into the insurance business, and his return to the military in 1965 when he, "[...] started back up the road that was to win him a half-dozen medals, cer-tificates [sic] of honor, a trophy as the best soldier in his division". The obituary goes on to relate SSG Busby's successful placement, "[...] as a medic with a Green Beret "A" team in Vietnam" and to describe his work tending to local victims of Viet Cong flame thrower attacks prior to his death in a Viet Cong fire attack while, "[...] tending sick at his outpost near Da Nang" on January 11, 1968. The obituary closes with the lines, "Busby died as he would have wanted. / As a soldier." The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between November 1982 - November 1984.
NEWSPAPER CLIPPING DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) MONTE REX BUSBY. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A CLIPPING OF A LOCAL NEWSPAPER OBITUARY FOR SSG BUSBY ENTITLED, "BUSBY LIVED THE LIFE HE WANTED: AS A GI", FROM THE, "KILLED IN VIETNAM" SECTION, BY NEWS STAFF WRITER, "BEN HOGAN". THE ARTICLE IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE NEWSPRINT IRREGULARLY CUT BY HAND FROM THE FULL NEWSPAPER SHEET, AND BEARS A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTION (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) AT THE UPPER, CENTER AREA OF OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE COMPRISING A FORMAL MILITARY PORTRAIT OF SSG BUSBY IN HIS MILITARY ISSUE, CLASS A ARMY GREEN SERVICE UNIFORM AND GREEN BERET. IN CONTENT, THE OBITUARY DISCUSSES SSG BUSBY'S CHILDHOOD OBSESSION WITH A FUTURE MILITARY CAREER AND HIS ADOLESCENT PENCHANT, "[...] FOR DIVIDING UP FORCES AND PLAYING SOLDIER". THE OBITUARY DISCUSSES SSG BUSBY'S INITIAL COMPLETION OF A SUCCESSFUL TOUR IN VIETNAM, HIS RETURN HOME AND FORAY INTO THE INSURANCE BUSINESS, AND HIS RETURN TO THE MILITARY IN 1965 WHEN HE, "[...] STARTED BACK UP THE ROAD THAT WAS TO WIN HIM A HALF-DOZEN MEDALS, CER-TIFICATES [sic] OF HONOR, A TROPHY AS THE BEST SOLDIER IN HIS DIVISION". THE OBITUARY GOES ON TO RELATE SSG BUSBY'S SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT, "[...] AS A MEDIC WITH A GREEN BERET "A" TEAM IN VIETNAM", HIS REFUSAL TO ACCEPT AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN STATESIDE TO COMPLETE A MEDICAL DEGREE PROGRAM, AND HIS WORK TENDING TO LOCAL VICTIMS OF VIET CONG FLAME THROWER ATTACKS IN WAR-TORN AREAS. THE ARTICLE CONCLUDES BY LISTING THOSE MEMBERS OF SSG BUSBY'S FAMILY SURVIVING HIM AND BY DESCRIBING HIS DEATH IN VIETNAM WHILE, "[...] TENDING SICK AT HIS OUTPOST NEAR DA NANG" THUSLY, "SUDDENLY HE HEARD SHOUTS AND SHOOTING. / LOOKING UP HE WAS TO SEE ANOTHER FIRE ATTACK BEGUN BY THE VIET CONG. / IT WAS HIS LAST. / BUSBY DIED AS HE WOULD HAVE WANTED. / AS A SOLDIER." A SECOND (2ND) PHOTOCOPIED ARTICLE AT THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CLIPPING ENTITLED, "S-SGT. BUSBY, VIET VETERAN, RITES SUNDAY" DESCRIBES SSG BUSBY AS, "A NA-TIVE [sic] OF BIRMINGHAM", LISTS HIS SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS, AND NOTES MEMORIAL SERVICES TO BE HELD FOR SSG BUSBY ON, "[...] SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. AT ROEBUCK CHAPEL, WITH BURIAL IN ELMWOOD".
Text of the printed inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "KILLED IN VIETNAM / Busby lived the life he wanted: As a GI / BY BEN HOGAN / News staff writer / When his East Lake pals wanted to organize a baseball game, they usually had to overcome Monte Rex Busby. / Monte would be for dividing up forces and playing soldier. / On Boy Scout hikes, the others would march ahead, searching for leaves, or listen-ing [sic] for wildlife. / Monte Busby would be listening for the "enemy" advancing up the other side of the hill. / Even during his high school days at Woodlawn, the slend-er [sic] 6-oot [sic], 2-inch blonde had one shoe in the uniform. / Every chance he got he would beg another medal or boot or canteen from his ex-Marine uncle. / When graduation came, he got his dream. / Over his moth-er's [sic] objection, Monte Busby joined the Army. / THREE YEARS later, Monte's tour was over. / He came home, to the relief of his mother, and started into the insurance business. / But he was not happy. / Monte Busby had lived his life to be a soldier. / In 1965, Monte started back up the road that was to win him a half-dozen medals, cer-tificates [sic] of honor, a trophy as the best soldier in his division. / Most important, he earned a place as a medic with a Green Beret "A" team in Vietnam. / For the next two years, S.Sgt. Monte Busby doctored native babies, patched bullet wounds, sutured cuts, bathed burns. / His reputation grew. / He turned down a chance to study for a stateside medical degree. / ONE DAY last month, Sgt. Busby had to treat some of the worst cases he had ever seen. / They were native tribes-men [sic], occupants of a village that had been attacked with flame-throwers by Viet Cong, the most pitiful victims he had ever nursed. / Fire must be the worst way to die, said Monte Busby when he came home on leave a few weeks ago. / The most agonizing, despicable way to die. / Busby was back in Vietnam last Thursday, tending sick at his outpost near Da Nang. / He may have been thinking of his family: his mother, Mrs. Virginia McCullough in Birmingham; his daughter, Tavia, in Miami; his brother, Bill, in Huntsville; another brother, Mike, in Florence; and his father, Bill Sr., in Houston. / SUDDENLY he heard shouts and shooting. / Looking up he was to see another fire attack begun by the Viet Cong. / It was his last. / Busby died as he would have wanted. / As a soldier. / S-Sgt. Busby, Viet Veteran, Rites Sunday / Funeral for S-Sgt. Monte R. Busby 25. 8536 Third-av, n, who died Jan. 11 in Vietnam, will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Roebuck Chapel, with burial in Elmwood. / Sergeant Busby was a na-tive [sic] of Birmingham. / Survivors include a daugh-ter [sic], Tavia Kimberly Busby, Miami; mother, Mrs. Virginia McCullough, Birmingham; father, W.M. Busby, Houston, Texas; two brothers, Marshall Busby, Huntsville, and Michael L. Busby, Florence; and grandparents, Mrs. C.L. White and Mrs. G.M. Busby both of Birmingham."
Item Weight: 2.6g
Item Length: 24.6cm
Item Width: 13.2cm
I did not realize from the Face Book entry that you went home at least once and returned to Vietnam. I also did not realize that you were a medic over there. You accomplished more in your short life than some people do who live 2-3 times longer than you did. You should have a special place of your own on the Wall in Washington,DC. Thank you so much for everything you did!