Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Army Specialist Brock L. Bucklin

Remember Our Heroes

Army Specialist Brock L. Bucklin, 28, of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Spc Bucklin was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died May 31 of a non-combat related cause in Balad, Iraq.

Accident in Iraq kills Caledonia man

Dawn Bucklin was on the phone with one of her sons, a soldier stationed in Germany, when two Army officers approached her home with tragic news about her other son: Army Cpl. Brock Bucklin had been killed in an equipment accident in Iraq.

Bucklin died Wednesday in Balad, Iraq, "of a noncombat related cause," the Defense Department said.

The accident occurred when soldiers were lifting equipment and a chain hoist broke, striking Bucklin in the neck and fatally injuring him, said his father, Duane Bucklin, of Caledonia.

Brock Bucklin, 28, joined the Army in August 2004, about a year after his twin brother, Brad, did.

"Were they close? When one brother follows his brother into the Army a year later, I guess they are close," Duane Bucklin said.

Brock Bucklin, who graduated in 1997 from Forest Hills Central High School, thrived in the Army, Duane Bucklin said.

"He had worked at different jobs and never figured out what he wanted to do," his father said. "The Army really seemed to work for him."

Brock Bucklin entered Iraq in December and often was assigned to help set up and maintain communications, his father said.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colo.

Dawn Bucklin said her sons had told her not to worry about them as long as the military didn't show up at her door.

"Oh, my gosh, the military is at the door," she recalled telling her son on the phone Wednesday when she saw the two officers approach.

Brad Bucklin plans to escort his brother's remains home from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

"He and Brock made a promise if anything ever happened, they would carry their brother off the plane," Dawn Bucklin said. "He did not want to break that promise."

Army Specialist Brock L. Bucklin died on 05/31/06 of non-combat related causes.


Jennifer Gillingham said...

I just want Everyone to know that Brock was a very special person always caring about other before him self.. He will Never be forgoten he will be in my heart and thoughts forever...

Stanley Schultz said...

I was there the day Brock was injured, a day I'll never forget. Brock was very special he went above and beyond to take care of his fellow soldiers.He will always have a special place in my heart and many others.