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An Airman's Story: Senior Master Sergeant Paul Garfield Buege

 


Senior Master Sergeant Paul Garfield Buege was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 11, 1947. He graduated from Custer High School before enlisting in the US Air Force in July 1968.

He served through the end of the Vietnam War before being assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron. Senior Master Sergeant Paul Garfield Buege deployed to Grenada in  October 1983 for Operation Urgent Fury and to Panama in December 1989 for Operation Just Cause. 

In September 1990, Senior Master Sergeant Paul Garfield Buege deployed to Saudi Arabia aboard the AC130H Spectre Gunship "Spirit 03" in response to Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and the Gulf War.

Senior Master Sergeant Paul Garfield Buege died during his service on January 31, 1991, during the Battle of Khafji.  While the "Spirit 03" was supporting US Marine ground troops. The plane was hit with a surface-to-air missle and crashed in the Persian Gulf. The plane was eventually located, and the appropriated remains of the crew were repatriated to the US in March 1991.

He rests at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola Florida.


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