The sea captivated him at an early age and he knew the United States Navy was for him. Buddy was stationed in the bridge, steering the ship and assisting in navigation. But with some luck – and the grace of the Navy electing not to send him despite his voluntary offer – he avoided the Vietnam conflict and instead sailed the seas of the Mediterranean. He didn’t see war but he served faithfully and loyally. After the service he fell in the love with the bagpipes and began the arduous journey of learning the challenging instrument. Today, he still plays and performs Amazing Grace during veteran funeral ceremonies in Central Oregon. “It’s an honor to play for my fellow veterans,” he says.