After he finished training, Henry got his orders to go to Pearl Harbor. He took a short leave and the couple drove back to Huntington. Henry went back to fulfill his naval orders on the other side of the country, but June stayed in Huntington to finish her degree.
Henry went to Japan, Korea and Hong Kong during his tour and was gone for a year. The couple wrote a lot of letters to each other.
“It was terrible,” June said. “It was hard. He couldn’t call like you can now. He called once from Hong Kong.”
After the year of absence, Henry had more training to attend, but this time June got to come with him. After more training in California, the couple ended up going to Hawaii where Henry had a six month tour. While he was gone, their first child was born.
The newlyweds were happy when they were able to see each other.
“We didn’t have any problems other than being sad when we were separated,” June said.
Henry was finally discharged and after moving several times, the couple settled in Kokomo in 1963 where Henry was a physics teacher at Kokomo High School for 28 years.
They’ve enjoyed many happy years together and with their five children.
“We’ve had rough patches and we’ve had a lot of good things happen,” June said. “We’ve lived through it with a lot of love and patience.”
June had cancer and Henry has had a triple bypass, but throughout their illnesses, they became closer since they’ve had to depend on each other.
“You know more what your spouse’s weaknesses and strengths are,” Henry said. “You can help each other.”
Sixty years has gone by since the Buchholz’s were married, and they say their relationship has grown over those years.