Michael A. Buchart was born and raised in the ruins of Frankfurt, Germany following the Second World War. In 1957, he was adopted and brought to the United States, where he became a citizen in 1968. In the early 1970s, Mike Buchart joined the United States Marine Corps. While he was stationed at Fort Pendleton, North Carolina, he was trained in riot control tactics in order to non-violently quell the plethora of social protest movements that were sweeping the country in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As a result, he was involved in many riot control duties. One included a two month stationing in Rhode Island in the spring of 1970 to subdue a possible riot by the Black Panthers in New York. When his group (the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment) returned to North Carolina, the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970 had occurred, which Buchart and his fellow Marines have recently spoken out about. From July 1970 to May 1971, he served his eleven month tour of duty in Vietnam. He was stationed in the Quam Nam Province, south of Da Nang. As with many Vietnam Veterans, the war had a profound effect on Buchart's life.
After returning from South-East Asia, Buchart left the Marine Corps
and decided to travel the country. He went to live with his father
in Montgomery, Alabama from 1972-73. He later settled in North Dakota
and then Colorado. During the 1980s he married and had three children. At the time when this collection was donated, Buchart lived in Aurora, Colorado where he was a Heat Treat Manager/Metallurgist
for a tooling company. He held membership in the American
Legion, the Marine Corps League, the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment;
and the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Vietnam. He was also a
life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
This collection contains memorabilia and artifacts of the Vietnam War, donated by Michael A. Buchart. Most of the items were part of the collection of a General of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). They were stored in a warehouse in Da Nang, Vietnam until 1996 when a friend of Buchart's obtained them. Other items in the collection were the property of Michael Buchart.