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Hubert E. Buchanan photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP057
Identifier: SP057

Scope and Contents

This collection includes four photographs with newspaper captions taken in Austin, Indiana on March 23, 1973 depicting Captain Hubert E. Buchanan at his welcome home celebration in his hometown.


  • 1973

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Hubert "Hubie" E. Buchanan was born to Hubert and Mary Buchanan on April 24, 1941 in Scottsburg, Indiana.He graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before joining the U.S. Air Force, starting with the rank of 2nd lieutenant in 1964. Buchanan trained as a piot and weapons system operator during the next 2 years, and rose to 1st lieutenant, before being stationed at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand from August, 1966 with the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On September 16, 1966, Buchanan served as weapons system operator on an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. The plane was shot down and Buchanan ejected over the Red River Delta where he was captured in a small Vietnamese village. He endured beatings and torture for information in his early captivity and survived 2,362 days as a prisoner, mostly spent at Hoa Lo Prison, before his release on March 4, 1973 as part of Operation Homecoming. After treatment for his injuries, he returned to his hometown of Austin, Indiana during his 90-day leave and was welcomed by a large crowd of supporters and well-wishers.

Buchanana left active duty on August 10, 1973 with the rank of captain. He later became a commercial pilot, flying for Eastern and Delta airlines until the mid-1990s. Currently, he lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Lauren.


Items in the collection.

Dixon, Linda. "Former Vietnam War POW to Share His Story." Lexington Minuteman, April 11, 2014. Accessed November 2, 2019.

"Hubert E. Buchanan." Veteran Tributes. Accessed November 2, 2019.

Library of Congress. "Hubert Buchanan Collection." Veterans History Project. October 26, 2011. Accessed November 2, 2019.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder )

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/11/02 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2019/11/02 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.