Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Lance Cpl. Marc L. Tucker

24, of Pontotoc, Mississippi.
Tucker died as a result of a non-hostile vehicle accident in Asr Uranium, Iraq. He was assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd FSSG, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on June 8, 2005.

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"To the family of Marc Tucker. Please know that you are in my prayers daily. God bless and comfort you.
Semper Fi"
Brad Hester of Okolona, Ms U.S.A.

"Never above you, never below you, always beside you. Thank you for the price you paid for the rest of us. Thinking of you this Memorial Day. I was with you that night on the side of Uranium, we did everything we could. Semper Fi my brother, you will NEVER be forgotten."
1stLt Faucette of Flint, MI

"LCPL Tucker, I remember you, and your Squad that night. Mostly I focus on the dumb, funny stuff we all did waiting for a convoy to roll in the "Motor Hole". Me and my partner from Wolfpack were headed to KV with you that night.

I also will always remember DOC McDaniels (we'd shared the road before, sometimes in the back of an old crappy 7 ton!) doing exactly what he should have done, calmly, professionally...saving lives, never beat yourself up DOC! Sure Tucker would not want you to do that.

He was a bright kid and joy to be around in the short time I got to know him. I also will never forget the sense from our Brother and Sister Marines that night of Tucker's tragic and immediate loss as my partner and I covered the convoy's rear and tried to console his Squad Members tasked to Rear Security. I fought back the tears that night, lying in the dirt alongside Uranium behind my rifle with prayers for all the souls, tempered by the fact that I knew if I ever saw someone digging a hole anywhere in Al Anbar....yea well.

Godspeed LCPL Tucker, we will all meet again at Heaven's Gates, that's the promise after all, MSG for the "The Big Guy In Sky". He sure did bring another great Marine home to His Force when Tucker reported aboard. Until we meet again Son, God Bless and keep you in His hand while your sitting that post on Heaven's Gates."
Casca (Wolfman) of San Antonio, TX

"Been a while Mark, but I'll never forget all that you taught me as a Marine in Okinawa during the training exercises and in OIF III. RIP and SEMPER FI brother"
SGT LY, DARA of San Jose, CA/USA

"R.I.P. Tucker"
Claude of New Jersey

"To the family of:Marc L. Tucker
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"Hey brotha, thought bout you today. hope your putting people in line up in heaven. miss you and love you! semper fi!"
Ruben Sarago USMC of Tucson, Az

"Found myself thinking of you today, not the first time!! Didn't know you long but you made a lasting impression. You will never be forgotten!!

May 26, 2011"
KT

"Tucker, i remember the day orlandi told me of ur passing and think about it everyday, u were a good man, and your motivation was contagious. happy 235th bday devildog im def drinking one for you like i always do. Semper Fi"
Lcpl Wilbur Willis, 3rd Med bn okinawa of newburgh ny

"Marc,
There aren't many words today... Your missed... Always.. Today you were on my mind..Miss you buddy!!!"
Valerio of Kansas City, MO

"I am who I am because of you.
I love you and miss you so much it hurts."

"24FEB10. LCPL Tucker not a day goes by that I donít think about that day on Jun 8th. I replay that day from the time my 7ton driver slammed on the brakes till the moment I removed my gloves to don clean ones and began treating the other Marines injured in the accident. Every day I pray I did everything I could to help you. I carry you in my heart and mind always and I pray for your family. You will never be forgotten by me. Your memory will be carried with me forever."
Hospital Corpsman Second Class Joseph R McDaniel of Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune

"hAPPY 234 bIRTHDAY! mARINE!!! i LOVE AND MISS YOU mARC."
tASHA v of kANSAS CITY, MO

"MARC... YOU'VE BEEN IN MY THOUGHTS THIS MONTH... ITS SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY THAT WE ALL WERE HANGING OUT AT WOLF AND PLAYING WITH SCORPIANS AND LIZARDS AND WATCHING CEMENT DRY... I MISS YOU!! I LOVE YOUR MOM...WE TALK QUITE OFTEN.. SHES A WONDERFUL LADY... YOU SHOULD SEE THE PICTURE SHE HAD DRAWN OF YOU...ITS LIKE YOU CAN SEE THE TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE AND HEAR YOU LAUGHING. WELL I MISS YOU AND ILL BE THINKING OF YOU ALWAYS...."
NATASHA V. of 29 PALMS, CA

"June 8, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Marc L. Tucker:
Marc gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I found out the other day that our 10 year reunion is coming up. I couldnt help but think to think of you and how its not going to be the same without you there. I had a dream last night about you.. in my dream you were here, and i could hug you.. i walked around a corner and there you sat.. i just jumped on you and threw my arms around your neck crying. You were such an amazing friend to me in school, always listening to my problems and letting me lean on you. I miss you Lucas."
Sonya of Tupelo, MS

"Hey you up there. I know your still lookin out over us all and you still have our backs.. Tomorrow is a day dedicated to you Lucas. Next month will be 3 years. I think of you always and wish I could talk to you and to see you smile. I miss you buddy.. Your always on my mind."
Natasha Holmes of 29Palms, CA

"I still remember you Marc I will never forget you. We had good times in OKI I still remember that day i herd about you I just got to IRAQ and our friends had to tell me. It will be a lasting day in my life. Well brother here is to you and your Family, Both real and marine alike. I miss you brother, and I will bring your memorie with me always."
CPL Parker, Waylon J. of Jacksonville, NC Camp Lejune

"My first memory of Lucas was him hanging upside down from a swing set. He was always into something. His mischief and daring, as a child, carried over as bravery and courage, in adulthood. I know Lucas loved his family, friends and country or he wouldn't have been where he was. He was a great person to know, and I thank him for his sacrifice. To the Tuckers and the Bagwells, thank you for your sacrifice as well. I think of Lucas often and pray for y'all even now. God bless you. June 26, 2007"
Crystal Baldwin Williams of Lafayette, LA/USA

"To the Tucker family of Marine Lance Cpl. Marc L. Tucker:

I continue to remember the loss of your dear family member.
I pray that God continues to bless all of you.

It is so important that our present and future generations know
that one of the TUCKER family gave all.

I see the TUCKER family standing proud in their grief and memories.
The communities surrounding you must feel proud of the TUCKER
family, too.

Marine Lance Cpl. Marc L. Tucker was proud of his TUCKER heritage.
His bond with his TUCKER family was un-breakable.

Live on in our hearts and memories TUCKER!

beverlylemonswatson@hughes.net"
Beverly Lemons Watson of Potts Camp, Mississippi USA

"I met Lucas one summer when we were kids he was visiting with his cousin leann. I fell in love and he left me his atlanta braves hat. I still have it by the way. I am expecting a little boy in a few months. His name will be Lucas. No matter how old you get you always remember those wonderful people who have touched your heart. I just recently heard of his death and i am so terribly sorry that a soul as wonderful as Lucas' had to be sacrificed."
Jessica (McMahon) Nix of Chickasha, OK-

"He was my cousin by blood, but my brother at heart. We kept everyone on their toes while we were growing up. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!! Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. He took care of me while he was here, and now I know he is still watching over me from Heaven! I miss my brother!!"
Lee Anne Tucker of Pontotoc, MS/USA

"TO TUCKER'S FAMILY: I hope you not only think of your loss one year ago today, but I hope that you celebrate his life, all the good times and the bad."
SSgt Hopper of MCAS Beaufort, SC.

"Hey Tuck, It's been almost a year now. And I can still remember the day you past on like it was yesterday. I beleave with out a doubt that you would of been SgtMaj. or Commandant like you wanted to. You were always true and hard working. I looked up to you like a big brother. And can't wait tell the day I see you again. We all are doing what we must, and the job is getting done. May you rest in peace and know that part of my soul is with you out in the desert, of Iraq. I know you have a greater mission to accomplish now. Forever 4th squad, 2nd CLB MP DET. OIF III I'll miss you always brother."
LCPL. Sarago, Ruben James of OKINAWA,JAPAN 9th ESB 3rd MLG Motor Transport

"I miss you Tucker. Even for the short time that I spent with you, I took such a liking to you. You cross my mind often and I wish I could still write you letters and talk to you on the phone. I know you are watching over everyone and I know I will see you again someday. I love you "big bro" =)
Love, your "lil sis.""
Maria Guaragna of Port St. Lucie, Florida

"I was there the night he fell. I have never met a more motivated hard charging Marine in my life. He would have been one of the best Marines of his time had he had the chance. I miss him as I would miss my own brother and their isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss him. I know his families grief and sorrow. He will be missed by many that knew him over there. All we can do is live by the saying he made "Don't sweat the petty sh**, pet the sweaty sh**". We will miss you hrd dog and look forward to seeing you someday knowing that you are following what our Hymm says guarding those gates and streets above."
Sgt Dickinson, Merritt A. of Camp Lejeune, NC

"THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

"Lucas will not soon be forgotten. He was a wonderful person and Marine. I pray that Ms Donna and Mr Kelley, Mr Marc, Christy and all the rest of his family might find peace. I love you all and I pray for you daily. He made a sacrifice that will not be forgotten."
Britany of Fort Richardson, AK Friend

"He was Lance Corporal Marc Lucas Tucker, the greatest soldier I'll ever know.
The day I recieved word of his death, it hurt me so.
He served first in Japan, then in Iraq.
He was a guy who had everyone's back.
We used to tell him he had nine lives, for there was many accidents he survived.
There was just one incident, from which he could't survive.
He was fighting in Iraq,when his humvee had a wreck.
He died of head injuries, which we did not expect.
We always said, that if he fell and landed on his head, he surely would't die.
Now, when I think of this, it makes me start to cry.
This poem is in his rememberence, telling about the event that occured.
This is to the people, who may or may not have heard about it.

WE ALL MISS YOU LUCAS!!!"
Ethan Tucker, Lcpl Marc Lucas Tucker's cousin of Pontotoc, MS

"November 8, 2005 Today would have been Lucas' 25th birthday. I miss so many things about him. I miss his smile and his laugh. I miss the big bear hugs he used to give me. But most of all I miss his blue-blue eyes and the way he would wink at me across the room, knowing that I knew he was bored and ready to go. He could never sit still very long, there was always too much to do. He had so many plans and dreams. The happiest, proudest memory I have of him is seeing him realize his dream of becoming a Marine. Not just any Marine, but an outstanding Marine. His dream was my dream. I always wanted the best for him and I think that was, for him, becoming a Marine. He had accomplished something he was very proud of. He knew the risk when he voluntered to go to Iraq, but was willing to pay the price if necessary. It was. Freedom is never free. I miss him so much but I am also very proud of the man he became. Knowing he did his best and gave it his all doing what he wanted to do, makes it bearable. He is and always was my hero."
Donna Bagwell, Lcpl Marc Lucas Tucker,s mother of Pontotoc , MS

"To Baxter and Minnie Lee Tucker and family:
Thank you for your sacrifice."
Beverly Lemons Watson of Potts Camp, MS

"My name is Cpl. Samaniego, I was one of many friends Lcpl. Tucker had in okinawa. I remember him as one of the most motivated Marines that I have work with, he is the second friend I lost in Iraq. I wish all the military and civilians that are in Iraq, the best of luck.
And to Lcpl Tucker's family, my prayers are with you."
Cpl Sam of Union City NJ

"My name is Sgt Hensley..i was one of Lcpl Tuckers NCO's in Okinawa..i got the bad news the other day..Tucker was a dedacated ,motovated Marine and he upheld the highest standards of the Marine Corps..I would have givin my life for a fine Marine such as hiself..it was an honor to serve with him and my deepest sorrows got out to his family..SEMPER FI"
SGT HENSLEY of Cherry Point NC

"To the Tucker Family, I wish to offer my sincere condolences to you for your loss. You raised a fine young man and Marine. Marc is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Donna,
Lucas Tucker was a fine young man.I had the chance to meet Lucas for the first time right after he joined the Marines,I found him to be a young man that was very kind and never met a stranger.Donna be a proud of the son you raised I know you are.The last time that I saw Lucas he was in his uniform, he was so handsome and proud.He was a proud Marine he died a hero."
LISA FOWLER of PONTOTOC MISSISSIPPI

"Kelly, Donna & Family. Our hearts are aching for you. Donna you raised a wonderful son and are a tribute to all mothers in this wonderful nation. You gave Lucas your love and support while raising him, you later watched him leave home and join the Marines doing what he had always dreamed of doing. While you watched your son leaving home for the last time you were sharing him with us. We all know freedom isn't free, you have had to give the ultimate price. You raised a hero Donna, walk tall and make Lucas proud of his Marine Mom. We love you and miss you dearly."
Deane & Jamie Rapp of San Antonio, TX/USA

"Dear Donna and Family,
I thank you for raising such a fine child as Marc.You should feel so proud.I feel so blessed to know that Marc gave his life so my children and I might contiue to live here in Pontotoc.As a mother though, I know you must be in trendous pain.I pray that your pain subside quickly.I think of you often.

Sincerely,
Sherri Herndon"
Sherri Herndon of Pontotoc,MS.,USA

"The sacrifice that Marc made for his country was the greatest of all. Speaking from experience of serving in Iraq, I know what your family is going through. My prayers are with you and know that Marc is in a better place. He is a true American Hero."
Sgt. Richard Anthony of New Albany, Ms

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Marc L. Tucker,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Lance Corp. Lucas Tucker was my little brother...he died doing what he loved and was exactly where he wanted to be. He was already my HERO, now he is America's HERO. I love you and miss you Bubba. FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
SEMPER FI !!!!"
Pam Bagwell Bolen of Ecru, MS

"GOD BLESS you lance corporal marc tucker and to your family. Our hearts go out to ya'll for your lost."
Dwight Hill of New Albany, ms

"SO SORRY FOR THE LOST OF YOUR COUSIN MEANS I LOST A COUSIN AS WELL AS YOU GUYS ARE MY SECOND FAMILY MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU GUYS I LOVE YOU ALL GOD BLESS THE ONES FIGHTING IN IRAQ"
THE HAROLD FAMILY of ZION ILLINOIS USA

"To the Family of Cpl Tucker,

I am sorry for your loss. As an Old Navy Corpsman that was assigned to the Marines, I can tell you to rest assured that he did his job and did it well. This Marine shall be honored, as those that went before him, by all of us old-timers, especially those of us in the VFW. But, rest assured, the honor he has earned goes to you folks too. Because of your sacrifice, the rest of us can stay free. To Cpl. Tucker and his Family, Semper Fi, and Fair Winds and Following Seas. We Salute You."
Steve Routh of Indianapolis

"To the family: I am so sorry for your loss. LCpl Tucker will not be forgotten he was a good Marine and a good person. He had alot of goals he wanted to accomplish in the Marine Corps and was well on his way. He paid the ultimate sacrifice and now he guards the streets of heaven. May God be with you and your family while you grieve. Post Marine!"
SSgt Hopper of 9th ESB (Fwd deployed) Iraq

"Lance Corp. Marc Lucas Tucker... This name is said in awe and love. Awe for the brave man he was, He loved his country and what he was doing for it. Love for the fine young man he grew into. He IS my cousin and I thank him and all his breathren for everything they do to keep this country and us FREE. My heart goes out to all those families across the land whose lost someone in this terrible time. Lucas we will always remember you with love and respect. SEMPER FI MARINE!!!"
Teresa Hill of New Albany, MS

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"I would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of the U.S Military for fighting and dying for our freedom. Lucas is my cousin,but more like my brother in so many ways. He was supposed to be home in September and we were going to celebrate his return. My family has so much respect for him and his brothers in arms. He is an inspiration to me. He is a hero in my eyes and heart. He will never be forgotten. Semper Fi...Lance Corporal Marc Lucas Tucker. May the memory of your actions live on forever. I Love You Little Brother."
Will Frazier II of Pontotoc , MS U.S.A.

"RIP Devil Dog....

J and T USMC"

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Marc will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"MARC THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. YOU WILL NOT HAVE GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU ARE A HERO! AHERO OF A BAND OF BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S THAT PROTECTED AMERICA AGAAINST TERRORISM. AN TO GIVE OTHERS IN THE WORLD A CHANCE TO TASTE FREEDOM. SO YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR NOW AND FOREVER. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To The Tucker Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Marine is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine...Semper Fi.."
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN 6/9/05

"Thank you Marc Tucker, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Marc Tucker:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Marc for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Marc Tucker:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Marc, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on