Lieutenant Colonel Creeley "Buck" S. Buchanan graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1940 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. During his college years he participated in football, student council, and served as President of Alpha Tau Omega and Inter-Fraternity. Creeley Buchanan received two years of ROTC instruction at the University of New Hampshire.
In March 1941, Creeley Buchanan was drafted and started his military service as a PFC Corporal working as an Assistant in Public Relations at Fort Devens, MA. He applied to Officer Candidate School and was selected by the admissions board in 1942. As a member of the Quartermaster Corps, he returned to Fort Devens to work in the transportation field. Subsequently, he received six months of specialized training at Camp Van Dorn, MS. In May of 1943, he was deployed overseas. His first stop was Bombay, India, where he served as a Platoon Leader. This assignment was followed by a transfer to a longer tour in Iran supporting the Persian Gulf Command.
As an officer stationed in Andarnish, Iran, Lieutenant Colonel Buchanan provided leadership and support to deliver needed supplied to our Allies in the Russian Army. His troops received the supplies from Liberty Ships, loaded them on trucks or trains, and moved the supplies north to the Russian border. Until September of 1944, his unit supplied military hardware, clothes, food, and trucks from a US assembly plant. In unyielding heat, Lieutenant Colonel Buchanan and his men delivered millions of tons of goods to the Russians during World War II. The Russians gave these soldiers credit for helping turn the tide of war on the Eastern Front. Their efforts were essential to the success of the Russians holding back the Germans. Fifty years later, Lieutenant Colonel Buchanan was awarded the Russian Victory Medal for his personal contributions to the Allied Support of Russia during their fight for freedom against Nazi Germany.
Creeley Buchanan returned to the United States adn separated from the Army in 1945 as a captain. He continued his military service in the Army Reserve, attached to the 1034th Army Reserve School in Manchester, NH. Creeley Buchanan progressed in rank to lieutenant colonel before his military retirement.
Creeley Buchanan's political career was an important and colorful one in New Hampshire. From 1964-1969, he served three terms as a NH State Senator. During this period, he was the delegate to three Republican national conventions; on one occation, he received the key to the City of Manchester from Mayor Sylvio Dupris. Following his time in the State SEnate, he was then appointed Area Director for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he served from 1969 until retirement in 1979. Additionally, he served the state as the Director of the NH Heart Association (1965-1970), a member of the State Historical Commission (1969-1976), and a member of the NH American Revolution Bicentennial Commission (1971-1982). He was a member of the Board of Governors, NH Public Television from 1985-1996.
Lieutenant Colonel Buchanan has contributed significantly to the University of New Hampshire in several roles. He first served on the UNH Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1960-1963 and again from 1965-1968. He served as Fund Chairman, Director, and President of the UNH 100 Club. He served as President, UNH Alumni Association from 1969-1971. Additionally, he served as a Trustee for the University Systm of New Hampshire from 1983-1996. As a measure of his outstanding contributions to UNH, he was awarded the Alumni Meritorious Service Award and honored with a Profile of Service. He was previously inducted into the UNH Football Hall of Fame. His wife, the former Rosamond Eckfeldt, also graudated from UNH, as did all three of their children.