It’s not every day one gets the privilege to meet and thank a WWII Veteran for his service to our country or has the opportunity to reciprocate the deed. Staff Sergeant “Bud” Buschmeier is a humble hero living in our community and Clermont Senior Services is thankful we can serve him and other veterans, for they are the reason why we do what we do especially when May is Older Americans Month.
Staff Sergeant Buschmeier was a member of the 100th Bomb Group, 350th Bomb Squadron. They were called the “Bloody 100th” because of the overwhelming causalities they sustained during WWII. On July 29, 1944, flying his 34th mission in “Randie Lou”, he was shot down over Meresberg, Germany and was a prisoner of war until liberated on May 1, 1945. Staff Sergeant Buschmeier wasn’t sure he would survive his POW experience, but he did and has received the Air Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal (2x), Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Oak Leaf Cluster (4x). In October 2013, Mr. Buschmeier was one of 10 WWII airmen interviewed for the new HBO miniseries by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks called “Masters of the Air” which features the Eighth Air Force in England specifically highlighting the 100th Bomb Group.
Mr. Buschmeier’s family is actively involved in his care. They are very thankful for the services provided by Clermont Senior Services, and Bud currently receives meals-on-wheels and homemaking assistance. Bud’s wife of 64 years, Elaine, received meals-on-wheels, homemaking and personal care for several years before she passed in 2010.
Daughter, Nancy Brennan, states,
“It is often said that you never appreciate something until it is too late or it is gone! Well, luckily our family found out about the great services provided to seniors through Clermont Senior Services and were able to see many of them help our parents. From the meals-on-wheels to personal care to house cleaning it has been wonderful…Mom so enjoyed the help she received and Dad looks forward to the visits. I now pass on this wonderful information to others and hope we can keep these services going on and on…Thank you so much!”
Bud has lived most of his life in Clermont County. He and Elaine have seven children, eighteen grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. He coached his son and neighborhood kids in little league baseball, basketball for 12 years and was an Assistant Scout Master. Bud also owned and operated FWB Construction.