#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Buddy Wayne Knox


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Buddy Wayne Knox.

Buddy was born in July 1933 in Texas. Growing up, he played the guitar and harmonica to entertain himself.

He won an athletic scholarship to West Texas State College, where he Jimmy Bowen and Don Lanier to form the group the Serenaders

In 1957, just as his first single, “Party Doll” was becoming a number one hit, he was drafted into the Army.

While he was in the service, his second single “Rock Your Little Baby to Sleep” was issued under the name Lieutenant Buddy Knox.

Buddy died from cancer on February 14, 1999.

We honor his service.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.


Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. Stephen Olivarez    

    My father was an wwII veteran. His name is Bacilio Abraham Olivarez. I’d like to post him for veteran of the week but I need to find his military records.

  2. Stephen Olivarez    

    How do I find information about my father who served in the army air Corp during wwII?. His name is Bacilio Abraham Olivarez.

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