Art Buehler is no stranger to war and neither are his three brothers George, Fred, and Eugene. During World War II all four brothers were shipped off to fight Hitler, each of the brothers served in different areas. First Army, 8th Division, the Air Force and Patton’s Third would all become the boy’s home for the next year.
George was an MP with the 8th Division. Fred was with the 3rd Army and stationed at the headquarters in Europe. Eugene flew B-17’s.
While fighting wasn’t necessarily an assignment for all of the brothers (Art delivered supplies) their time in service was far from frightening.
On Eugene’s third mission his plane was shot down. “Eugene was taken as a prisoner of war when his B-17 was shot down. Ten men were captured and miraculously they all survived,” said Buehler in a recent interview.
When the war finally ended Art spent the rest of his time liberating the camps of the captured. “I didn’t liberate my brother, in fact I had just missed him, but I knew he was on his way home and would be alright,” he adds.
Over 400,000 men were lost during World War II. Landing on D-Day Beach, now known as Utah Beach, is a day Art Buehler will never forget even though it occurred decades ago. Buehler can still see the beach and picture the Europe of World War II. However, on September 28 all of that will change. It will be on that day that Buehler will return to the Europe he left so long ago.
“My son and I are making the trip. He gave me a couple of choices he said it’s either Alaska or Europe. I picked Europe. I would like to see what it looks like now,” Buehler says.
“I think war is so useless. It comes from the greed of man. Hitler wanted to rule the world and so does this Bin Laden guy and so we have to fight to protect that. As long as there is man there will be greed and with that there will be war.” Art then nods his head in silent agreement with himself.
Buehler remembers the pain of war all to well. “Men were shot down while they were parachuting from their planes. We would find them. It was awful. I still have a piece of parachute from a fallen man’s pack,” he adds.
Men like Art Buehler, and his brothers, are just a small reminder of the significance of celebrating the 4th of July holiday.
Although Buehler will tell you that the brothers returning from the war is not the real celebration. “The real celebration is that all four brothers fell in love and were married over 50 years each,” he concludes with a smile.

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