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Mon 3/18/02 7:20 PM

Hi Jason,

Here is the picture I promised of my husband, Gary Tucker, and Lee Ermey at MCRD San Diego, Bay Side Restaurant. Gary had just bought a round of drinks for our son, Dustin’s, Drill Instructors. One of these Sgts introduced Gary to Lee, explaining that Lee frequently visits the Bay Side Restaurant, and they are used to seeing him there. Gary is a great fan and was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Lee.

MCRD San Diego is a special place to Gary since that is where he too went to boot camp. In November of 1965 when he graduated with Platoon 183, their series was honored with the presence of Chesty Puller who was their guest reviewing officer. Talk about awestruck! As Gary reflects back on this though, it is now much more valuable to him at this time in his life that it was then. Gary is a full professor, and the Chairperson of the Criminal Justice program at a college in Dayton Ohio, and he really encourages his students to remember the heroes of our country.

Some of Gary’s heroes today are John McCain and James Webb. These are some guys who really had it tough in Viet Nam and went on to be great men. Gary recommends The Nightingale’s Song by Robert Timburg as reading for anyone who has a desire to really understand Viet Nam, and what those troops endured.

Semper Fi

Gary & Becky



Dear Becky,

Your email was a wonderful surprise for it contained 5 heroes. R. Lee Ermey is obviously one of my favorites and no Marine alive or dead could keep from getting goose bumps at the mention of Chesty Puller. Ever since I read “The Nightingale’s Song,” John McCain has impressed me deeply and his bio, Faith of My Father, was just plain inspiring.

The 5th hero is your husband. A Marine in the 60’s and now a full professor, he embodies the warrior-scholar that I think all Marines should as aspire to be. I use the following quote in the tagline of my school account email:

“That [state] which separates its scholars from its warriors
 will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting by fools.”

   - Thucydides, The Peloponnesian Wars

                                                                                                -- Jason



Dear Jason,

What a very sweet e-mail message! Of course you have mine and Gary's permission to post the picture, and any information you'd care to include. We are both very impressed with your efforts on your website. A wonderful tribute to the Marine Corps, as well as to your lovely family.

Thanks for asking, and for the kind words.

Semper Fi.
Becky


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