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Re: SHIPMATE ON ETERNAL PATROL - Robert "Tommy" Tucker QM2(SS) 64-66

I remember Tom Tucker. Sailor, Rest your Oars.

Re: SHIPMATE ON ETERNAL PATROL - Robert "Tommy" Tucker QM2(SS) 64-66

I was aboard during that time but I can’t place him. Isn’t that a sign of aging?
Any memory jogging hint’s???


Re: SHIPMATE ON ETERNAL PATROL - Robert "Tommy" Tucker QM2(SS) 64-66

I posted a clearer picture above.

I recall that he had served on a Boston-based icebreaker or equivalent that made a few trips to McMurdo Sound.

He was quiet like me, so you might not have noticed him. Nice guy for sure.

Re: SHIPMATE ON ETERNAL PATROL - Robert "Tommy" Tucker QM2(SS) 64-66

Shipmate Rest Your Oar
Even though I left the Robin in 64 it still saddens me to hear of a Brothers passing.

Re: SHIPMATE ON ETERNAL PATROL - Robert "Tommy" Tucker QM2(SS) 64-66

Our SHIPMATE "Tommy" Tucker QM2(SS) was laid to rest and his remains were cremated. The family held gathering at his home in Pottstown, PA and I was able to attend and pay OUR RESPECTS to his family and gathered neighbors and friends.

His brother-in-law Doug, also a boat sailor was able to provide further info on his actions following his transfer from Sea Robin and his Swiftboat experiences from 66-68.

He was transferred to and FBM operating out of Charleston which I believe was the USS DANIEL WEBSTER for a period of time then moved on to USS Madison or Monroe. He was advanced to QM1(SS) by this time.

There was a tragedy to his family by the death of his wife, and due to facts that he would have to raise his three daughters, he was forced to leave the Navy, return home to Rochester, NY and support his family. I think he ended up serving 12-12 1/2 years by that time.

Ultimately he worked at length for KODAK in Rochester and one of their subsidiaries in PA where he elected to transfer to.

Everyone in attendance remarked that he LOVED his NAVY service most especially his time on the SS-407. We all should be proud of that as we had a small part in that. Too bad that we were not able to connect again.

His running mate RIC RICE Qm3(SS) was very nice send a card and an attached personal note to his family which was warmly received and very much appreciated. In addition to the family members assembled, I was put on a Skype call to his mother in Rochester and was able offer our condolences to her personally.

Sailor, rest your oar.

Re: SHIPMATE ON ETERNAL PATROL - Robert "Tommy" Tucker QM2(SS) 64-66


We are reminded regularly that you are the very best choice to lead our association. I think that I can speak for eveyone when I say thank you mate. We appreciate you.

Re: SHIPMATE ON ETERNAL PATROL - Robert "Tommy" Tucker QM2(SS) 64-66

THANKS Goody. I appreciate the comment.

A visit was discussed with his daughter some time back and I just did not get around to it. As fate happens, bad events take place sometimes if you delay stuff like that.

I promised myself I would at least, visit the family. He had several close friends on the boat that would have liked to be there themselves.

Just a "FINAL SALUTE" from a Shipmate.