DONNY LYNN TUCKER
on Dec. 2, 1950
From STANFIELD, NORTH CAROLINA
Casualty was on Oct. 10, 1970
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
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LCpl. Donny Lynn Tucker served with the 3rd Battalion,
5th Marines, Mike Company in Vietnam. His name stands proudly on the
Mike 3/5 Wall of
Honor alongside the Marines he fought and died with. We will never
forget. Semper fi, Brother Marine.
Certificate of Honorable Service
(click to enlarge)
was the M-60 gunner for our squad during my last few months incountry.
When I left, I turned it over to Donnie and wished him luck. He was
one of my closest friends. As my plane landed in California, I took
a picture of the flaps being lowered. I sent him the picture saying
it was the greatest feeling in the world. I wrote I would look him
up when he got back. The letter came back "undeliverable."
felt something bad had happened. It turns out they moved our company
to Firebase Ross, wherever that was. It wasn't a place we were familiar
with. He got hit with shrapnel in the head on Oct. 5, 1970, and died
in DaNang on Oct. 10th. His twin brother was stationed in DaNang and
got to see him in the hospital.
a journey of a thousand miles, I finally tracked down his family.
I will be coming to the reunion with his twin brother Ronnie from
Stanfield, NC. He is the nicest guy, just like his brother.
miss you Donny, and I wish I could have stayed with you for that last
month but they wouldn't let me stay for only a month more.
unknown (only because of CRS), Tom Wityak, Donny Tucker
grave in Locust, NC
Wityak and Ronny Tucker
May 18, 2001
years after Donny's death, Tom drove from Connecticut to North Carolina
to bring Donny's twin brother, Ronny, to a 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
Reunion in Georgia where Ronny got to meet Donny's fellow Marines.
Semper Fi, Ronny, we will never forget.
Tucker's Family Honored
Chaplain Rogers, Ronny Tucker (Donny's twin), Tom Wityak (Donny's friend,
Right: Sgt. Maj. Wright and Gen. Davis presented shadowbox of Donny's
medals to Ronny Tucker
went to the Wall two years ago and obtained a rubbing of your name.
I keep it with my memorabilia from Nam when we served together. I'm
sorry I wasn't there that day, maybe things would have been different.
I will always remember you my friend, and will always remember your
great smile and southern sense of humor. You helped me get through
a lot days in that dump. I know you are now guarding the pearly gates
and hope that I can see you again someday.
Mario L. "Doc" DeLudos
served in same squad
Mike Company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines
Tuesday, June 01, 1999