Enshrine Captain Phil H. Bucklew into the Xavier University Athletic Hall of Fame

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Captain Bucklew was a standout Football and Basketball player at Xavier University from 1932-1936.  Furthermore, he graduated from Xavier University in 1936 with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Economics.  For his athletic achievements alone, his election should be considered.  But, more importantly, his achievements in the United States Navy brought tremendous honor and distinction to the University through his character and citizenship.  As the “Father of Naval Special Warfare”, I feel that Captain Bucklew deserves the appropriate recognition from Xavier University.  For this, I am requesting assistance from the Naval Special Warfare Community.

• Graduate of Xavier University – Bachelor of Philosophy in Economics – 1936
​Xavier University standout Football and Basketball Player 1932 - 1936 / Head Football Coach - 1946
• Professional Football Player – Cleveland Rams 1937 & 1938 / Columbus Bulls Founder & Coach 1939 - 1941
• Columbia University – PhD in Education 1951 / Assistant Professor of Naval Science with the Navy ROTC / Assistant Football Coach
• United States Navy 1941-1969 – Captain – 2 Navy Cross Citations for conspicuous bravery, extraordinary heroism, devotion to duty and courage – Sicily 1943 & Normandy 1944
• “Father of Naval Special Warfare” – modern day United States Navy SEALs
• Phil H. Bucklew Center for Naval Special Warfare – Coronado, California - Dedicated in honor of Captain Phil H. Bucklew for his heroic and lasting contributions to the inception and permanence of Naval Special Warfare. This center of excellence is a lasting monument to his courage, foresight and leadership.
• 34th Member - City of Columbus Hall of Fame - 1989
• Buried with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery -1992



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