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Arthur B. Buschlen

16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

Ohio

Died:

6/6/1944

Grave Location:

Plot B, Row 19, Grave 4

1st Infantry Division assault troops aboard an LCVP approaching Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

Sgt. Arthur B. Buschlen was born in Gladwin, Mich. in 1915, to Amelia Brandt and Gilion Buschlen. He first fought with the 16thInfantry Regiment, 1stInfantry Division in the campaigns in North Africa and Sicily, and received a Bronze Star for his actions in the Sicilian Campaign. He was already a combat veteran when, on June 1, 1944, Buschlen and other soldiers from the 16thInfantry Regiment left their D-Camps to board amphibious assault ships at Port Weymouth. Units were assigned to the amphibious assault ships USS Samuel Chase, USS Henrico and the HMS Empire Anvilon the eve of their third amphibious landing of the war.

U.S. assault on Omaha Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. 16th Infantry Regiment.

Buschlen was in the first wave of the 16thInfantry Regiment known as Force O. The “Big Red One” was to land on Easy Red and Fox Green sectors of Omaha Beach.

Approaching Omaha Beach on D-Day, Buschlen attempted to save two wounded men when their boat capsized under heavy enemy fire. He was hit several times and was severely wounded. In spite of his wounds, Buschlen attempted to salvage equipment that became entangled in the barbed wire barriers of the English Channel, before succumbing to his injuries. For his conspicuous gallantry and heroic actions, Buschlen was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

As the first wave to land at Omaha, the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division leave their Coast Guard landing boat amidst enemy fire.

Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star

Distinguished Service Cross

Arthur B. Buschlen is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot B, Row 19, Grave 4.