RIP, John Randolph Tucker Jr, VMI 1937

Many thanks to GW’64, one of the true stalwarts of the Op-For In the Old Corps readership, for bringing this alumni obituary to our attention. He wrote, “Everyone, especially our younger alums, should read this obit. This man’s life is a shining example of everything VMI (and America) stands for.”

[Tucker] graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a B.A. in 1937 and Washington and Lee University with a L.L.B. in 1948. Prior to attaining his law degree, Judge Tucker joined the U.S Army in 1940 and served as a combat officer with Second and Third Armored Divisions. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel in 1946 after participating in five campaigns in the European Theater of Operations – Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe. Judge Tucker was a partner in the law firm of Mays, Valentine, Davenport & Moore (now Troutman Sanders) and was a member of the Virginia General Assembly from 1950 to 1958. He served as Judge of the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond from 1960 to 1980. Judge Tucker served on the V.M.I. Board of Visitors and was president of the Board for two years. Additionally, he served on the boards of the V.M.I. Alumni Association, St. Christopher’s School, the George C. Marshall Foundation

Every inch a citizen-soldier.

Rest in Peace, sir.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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