May 17, 1978 Merrillville Lake County Indiana, USA
Apr. 22, 2003, Iraq
Army Spc. Buckley was assigned to the 685th Transportation Company, Hobart, Indiana. Buckley drove fuel trucks for the unit. In his last letter home, Roy wrote of the anguish he felt for the children of Iraq and of his pride in being a soldier. "The kids here are so sad. I give them as much food as possible," he wrote. Buckley died while traveling aboard a M818 tractor-trailer. He apparently fell off the truck when he was climbing between the passenger compartment and trailer while dispensing meals and water to Iraqis. He was still alive when medics found him on the side of the road, but they couldn't save his life. Roy was a sports nut growing up. He had an orange belt in karate and could squat incline 950 pounds without breaking a sweat. About three years ago, he joined the Reserves to help with college, learn a trade, and find his way. Somewhere along the line, the laid off Midwest steel mill worker wrapped his heart around the Army. Roy, a huge country music fan, parked his red 1999 Ford F150 pickup truck outside the home with strict orders: "Only mom and dad could drive it." He bought it a month before being deployed. One of the last memories the family has of Roy is of all 6-foot, 3-inchs of him trying to ride a kid's tiny 50cc dirt bike - with training wheels.