BUFORD C. VAUGHAN was born Aug. 18, 1917, Crystal, West Virginia.
He joined U.S. Army Jan. 19, 1937 in Richmond, VA. 
Buford was assigned to Ft. Slocum, NY - January to May 1937.  Then to Schofield Barracks, T.H. and was there June 19, 1937 to Oct. 16, 1940.  Buford received his basic training at Schofield Barracks, T.H. Hq. Co. 19th Inf. Regt. (Commo Section).

Buford was then transferred to Philippines Oct. 19, 1940 and assigned to Hq. Co. 31st Regt. Commo Section.
When his regiment fell back at the fall of Bataan, they retreated to Corregidor.  He was assigned to Co. D of the 4th Marine Regt. 
At the surrender of Corregidor, Burford and the others were taken prisoner May 6, 1942.

Prisoner of War Camps: 92nd Garage Area (Corregidor), Bilibid, Cabanatuan No. 1, and No. 2. Camp 17 Omuta, Japan.
POW May 6, 1942 to Sept. 13, 1945.


Units assigned to were Hq. Co. 19th Inf. Regt., June 1937 to October 1940; Hq. Co. 31st Inf. Regt., October 1940 to POW September 1945 Hospital Leave School to January 1947.  January 1947 21st Inf. Regt., Hq. Co, 24th Inf. Div., Korean War 21st Inf. Regt. 1950 to 1951; Battlefield commission 1950 to 1952, stateside duty 1951 to 1953, Ft. Knox, KY school Ft. Benning, GA, IOMR, PA, 1st Inf. Div., Germany 1954 to 1959 to Ft. Riley, PA, Ft. Riley to Germany 7th Army 1959 to 1962.  Ft. Benning, GA, 1963 to 1966 Retired - CSM.



Credit: Submitted by Buford Vaughan -  History of the Defenders of the Philippines Guam and Wake Islands 1941-1945 Turner Publishing Co.



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