CWO Walter P. Buczynski was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/09/2008 at the age of 60.0 from Suicide
Marlton, NJ
Flight Class 69-19
Date of Birth 03/25/1948
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 190 AHC in 69-70
Call sign in Vietnam SPARTAN 17
This information was provided by Barry Geller, Newspaper article, Don Clarke

More detail on this person: Prosecutor: Personal problems led to murder


PhillyBurbs.com, 1/20/2008 7:33:49 AM

EVESHAM The prosecutor's office said yesterday that a local executive who killed his wife before leaping from the Delaware Memorial Bridge was driven by the couple's personal problems and not their worsening financial situation.

Walter Buczynski, 59, killed his wife 37-year-old Marci Buczynski at their home at 10 Atlanta Drive on Friday, then apparently committed suicide. Investigators are still searching for his body.

Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi said an autopsy performed yesterday found that Mrs. Buczynski died of blow to the head which broke her neck. Police believe Buczynski called Evesham Township Police and asked them to check on his wife.

Buczynski was an executive vice president at Fieldstone Mortgage Co. in Columbia, Md. The company filed for bankruptcy in November and laid off most of its employees, and published reports say Buczynski owed hundreds of thousands in back taxes.

Bernardi said investigators found Buczynski's blue Acura sport utility vehicle parked on the bridge Friday afternoon. Inside the vehicle was a note saying that his wife could be found at the couple's home, that he had jumped from the bridge and that his children were safe.

Bernardi said that in the note, Buczynski said the motivation for the killing "was not related to the economic situation of the family but rather was based upon the personal relationship of the couple."

The prosecutor's office said it would not provide additional details on the couple's marital problems.

Jack Smith, spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said the couple's 14- and 8-year-old sons are being taken care of by immediate family.

Walt Buczynski was a member of Class 69-19. I met Walt at the Federal Building in Newark on Aug 11, 1968, the day I enlisted in the Army. There were six of us from NJ enroute to flight school that day. So I went to basic with Walt, flight school at Wolters and Hunter. We took weekend leaves together to Savanah Beach and Daytona Beach. I took Walt's sister to our flight school graduation ball. All 6 of us Newark inductees survived Vietnam, 3 of us including Walt flew in the NJNG. Of the original 6 four of us have stayed in touch the last 40 years. The last time I saw him alive was the DC reunion of 2006 but we had talked on the phone since then, probably as late as Oct. 2007.

I can't tell you how dumbfounded I am by this. As of this day his body has not been recovered from the Delaware Bay so as yet no service is scheduled.

Rich Thompson was one of the original NJ 6 but also a high school classmate of Walt's.

From: Don Clarke

Body found near river identified as Evesham wife-killer

By LEO STRUPCZEWSKI Courier-Post Staff March 12, 2008

PENNSVILLE _ A body found along the Delaware River was identified Tuesday as that of Walter Buczynski, the Evesham man who plunged to his death in January after killing his wife, officials said.

Buczynski's body, found Sunday by people walking along the river's shoreline here, was identified through dental records.

Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi, whose office determined Buczynski killed his wife, Marci Buczynski, said an autopsy determined he drowned.

Officials have said Buczynski jumped from the Delaware Memorial Bridge around 12:20 p.m. Jan. 18, about 20 minutes after calling police and asking them to check on his wife in their Atlanta Drive home.

When police arrived, they found Marci Buczynski, 37, dead in her second-floor bedroom, officials said. She had been beaten to death.

The couple's two sons were not home when their mother died, officials said. Following the incident, the boys were placed in the care of family members, officials said.

Officials have said Buczynski left a note inside his blue Acura sport utility vehicle stating he had jumped from the bridge, his children were safe and he killed his wife because of their personal relationship.

Neighbors said there was no indication their relationship was strained -- the two often threw parties -- but records show the family was in poor financial standing.

The 59-year-old mortgage banker was the executive vice president for Fieldstone Mortgage company, the now-bankrupt but once-flourishing lender based in Columbia, Md.

Buczynski was the company's third-highest ranking executive, earning $330,800 in base salary last year, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. At the time of his death, the company was seeking to pay Buczynski a bonus of about $100,000 to help wrap up its operations, according to court records.

In July 2006, the federal government put a $656,203 tax lien on the house the Buczynskis purchased seven years earlier for $230,000, county tax records show.

From: Reach Leo Strupczewski

Burial information: BG Wm C Doyle Vets Mem Cem, NJ

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