Monte Rex Busby

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
25 December 1942 - 11 January 1968
Birmingham, Alabama
Panel 34E Line 028


Combat Medic

Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Monte Rex Busby

26 Nov 2001

Hi to all interested,

I am a niece to this medic soldier called Monte, most likely in service called Busby, I assume this since this is what my father tended to go by in friendly yet serious (competive or work related) circles.

I was born in Sept. of 1963, so my knowledge and memory of Monte is very brief. But, I feel the need to share what little I know. I can not explain this need, it comes on me at times when I least expect it. Tonight it was a request at Kinko's for pictures of soldiers named on the "Wall". There is always a feeling in me that had Monte lived, life would have been so different.

I only know know that Monte was killed in the war when I was 5. I only know that his name was barely mentioned by family in all the years after. I only know he joined the forces very young in life and reenlisted because he was needed and wanted to be there. I only know my mother (his sister-in-law) loved him and feels she has been reassured of his place in Heaven. I only know he left a daughter he barely knew and I never knew behind. I only know that I have 6 very strong memories of him and wish I had more.

He took my brother to Birmingham from Huntsville just for lunch, he bandaged my mother's hand when she cut it on a glass, he got me up from what was suppossed to be a nap to go to the arsenal for smokes, he left on a plane for Vietnam with us all waving goodbye at the airport window. My parents went to the funeral while we were left with an aunt, there was always a folded flag on my Grandmother's shelf. 4 years later I was staying with my Grandmother and was cold, she gave me a sweatshirt and actually said it was Monte's, I can still remember how warm it felt.

Wish he was here.

Wish he was

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Staff Sergeant Busby was assigned to Detachment A-503 with the 5th Mobile Strike Force Company, but was killed in action at Det A-322, Katum, Tay Ninh Province.

Visit John Dennison's
Medics on the Wall
memorial which honors the
Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his niece,
Anna Cox 
26 Nov 2001

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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