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LTC Gary Lynn Tucker, US Army (Ret) died of leukemia 20 September, 2013 in San Antonio, TX. He was born 7 November, 1944 in Long Beach, California and was a proud third generation Californian. A life-long student, Gary received a BA from Oklahoma State University, an MA from Georgia State University, and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma.
A valiant warrior and patriot LTC Tucker was a distinguished and highly decorated Infantry Officer. While serving with the 1st Infantry Division (ID) in Viet Nam he was presented the Distinguished Service Cross by President Richard Nixon. Other awards included the Combat Infantry Badge, three Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars including one with Valor device, and four purple hearts. He particularly enjoyed tours at West Point where he took up running and skiing, and Germany where he became an avid Volksmarcher. An assignment in Iceland confirmed his fascination with and love for bird watching. After retirement he continued to work with military veterans groups including the 1st Infantry Division Association, the Second Infantry Regiment Association Viet Nam, and the Society of the First Infantry Division. A highlight of his year was working with the scholarship award program for the Society of the 1st Infantry division.
A noted raconteur, the size of the tales he told was directly related to the credibility of the audience. He loved puns, word games, crossword puzzles and books on the origin and use of language. He was an avid reader of history with an amazing memory for details, names and places. He was never able to get the pet squirrel he wanted, but he pampered his cats and was convinced they could learn tricks if they would just put their minds to it. A one-time runner and skier he decided a life of leisure was more for him and in later life focused on gardening, cooking shows, animal shows and constructing military models. While sitting on the deck grilling with friends and family while he would debate the virtues of propane vs. charcoal and extol the virtues of one type of wood over. That was when he would say that life didn't get any better. Interment and memorial service will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Patricia (nee) Tullis and his son Gary of San Antonio, his brother Timothy Tucker and his sisters Brenda Lee Gesinger and Anna Marie Taylor.
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Published in Express-News on Sept. 29, 2013