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Born on Dec. 2, 1950
Casualty was on Oct. 10, 1970

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Donny Lynn Tucker

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.


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Bronze Star Certificate 
Purple Heart 
Certificate of Honorable Service 
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Donny Tucker

Best Friend

I 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."

 I 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. 

After 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.

I 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. 

Semper fi,
Thomas Wityak 
Mike 3/5

Hill 52, 8/70

Unknown, unknown (only because of CRS), Tom Wityak, Donny Tucker

Donny's grave in Locust, NC

Tom Wityak and Ronny Tucker
May 18, 2001

Thirty-one 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.

3/5 Reunion 2002
LaGrange, Georgia

Donny Tucker's Family Honored

Left: Chaplain Rogers, Ronny Tucker (Donny's twin), Tom Wityak (Donny's friend, M/3/5)
Right: Sgt. Maj. Wright and Gen. Davis presented shadowbox of Donny's medals to Ronny Tucker

Hey "Reb"

I 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.

Your friend,
Mario L. "Doc" DeLudos
served in same squad
Mike Company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines

Tuesday, June 01, 1999

Semper Fi