Ind. Veteran Honored 67 Years After Sniper Attack

Wayne Bucy Awarded Bronze Star

More than 65 years after he was injured serving his country in World War II, an Indianapolis man has received long-overdue recognition.

Wayne Bucy, who is in his 90s, was a staff sergeant in the Army, seeing action in North Africa, Italy and Normandy.

Two days after D-Day, he was shot by a sniper and ended up in a military hospital unable to speak or move.

A year and four surgeries later, Bucy had regained his abilities and his will to live after meeting his wife, Maxine, who was one of his nurses.

Bucy received a letter from the military in 1944 saying he'd been awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery, but the medal itself never arrived.

Family members said Bucy, being the humble man he is, never mentioned it until just recently.

"We're both in our 90s. We're thinking about things to pass on to our children, and that's when it all came up," Maxine Bucy said. "But we didn't dream it was going to be all this."

During a Memorial Day ceremony at Raymond Park Middle School on Monday, Bucy was presented with his Bronze Star.

Even 67 years later, Bucy was humbled by the attention.

"I think Dad, well, when he got it, as our pastor said, he said, 'I don't deserve it,'" said his daughter, Linda Bucy. "That's always been his attitude. He's very humble about everything."

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