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In Memoriam

Major Robert "Pork" Tucker

Major Robert "Pork" Tucker

15 October 1989

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James Geiger, USAF Veteran, Apr 11, 2008 - 11:17 PM

I was assigned to the 7th Secuity Police Squadron at Carswell AFB and on duty at my post, Flightline Gate#9 on 15 Oct 89.

I had the priviledge of speaking with Captain's Bourne and Tucker for about 10 minutes before their flight as I checked their badges before entering the flightline and Base Ops for a pre-flight briefing.

A credit to their country and their families.

Cathy Holland Sanders, Jun 23, 2009 - 10:15 PM

Robby spent many years with my brothers, sister and I climbing trees, water skiing, sailing, flying and filling our days with adventure.....Hey Jude....miss you. Not a day goes by that I forget to thank God for having the privilege of knowing you. Always a hero....

Rob Tucker
Anonymous, Nov 24, 2010 - 03:01 AM

Rob Tucker is my father and I greatly appreciate your kind words and memories. Thankyou for keeping him alive in your hearts.

Mike Ward, Aug 27, 2011 - 12:13 AM

I was young when I knew your dad, and he was definitely larger than life! What a great guy!

I remember going to your mom and dad's wedding. They were everything I hoped to find when it was my time. I hope you and your mom are doing well.

Anonymous, Jul 09, 2012 - 04:08 AM

Hey Mike great to hear from you. Mom and I are well and still in Texas. My other siblings Sam n Kaitlyn are down is Mississippi. You flew with dad in vmfa112 or 212?

Jay Cary, Jan 10, 2013 - 03:54 AM

I met Rob thru my roommate Willy Kempe. Willy, Rob, and I went skiing on Lake Grapevine a number of times. Rob was a great slalom skier-especially for a guy with the nickname "Pork." I returned from a ski trip out West in February 1988 to Willy's house (Willy let me stay at his house) and received a call from Maj. Ron Reagan (Gov) telling me that Willy had been killed the day before in the F-16 in Arizona. I went to Willy's funeral in Washington and again spent time with Rob as he was flying the missing man formation for Willy. That time period was a blur and then a short time later, Rob had his accident. I lost two great friends in such a short period of time. I was glad to have known these men. I miss them. Jay

K Tucker
Tim Austin, Apr 02, 2013 - 05:03 AM

My dad considered your grandfather a very good friend out at the Palestine Airport.

He used to tell me how your dad would occassionally come down from Carswell and pay a "speedy visit" to your grandfather.

I remember always stopping to look at a picture of your dad on the bulletin board in what I think was a Delta cockpit.

I was very little when your passed but I clearly remember when your grandfather passed. I would see him on weekends at the airport and he was always so very kind to me.

My dad is gone now but he always talked fondly of your dad and grandfather. I'd love to talk to you sometime about them if you have the time.

Anonymous, Apr 12, 2013 - 06:08 PM

It's been several years since I've made it back out the old Palestine Airport. Is the road still named Tucker? That photo you're referencing was definately Rob in a delta cockpit. I think it was taken in an MD80 or LT11. Sorry to hear your dad is gone as well. The steady march of time huh? My email is

Capt. James Bourne
Walter Lyon, Nov 28, 2013 - 12:39 AM

Capt James "Jimbob" Bourne was the co-pilot on that flight and was my step-father. He was the best person i've ever met. His stoicism was an inspiration and the reason i joined the service. My most humble respect to Mr. Tucker for his sacrifice and service for our country.

Capt James Thomas Bourne III, USMC
Bob Shaw, Jan 01, 2015 - 04:45 AM

Jim Bourne was my college buddy at Cornell and simply one of the finest men I have ever known. He would simply give you the shirt off of his back. We were at Cornell University NROTC when it was not popular to be in the military. Jim was a Civil Engineer and a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity. He grew up in Huntington, NY and was sworn in by his father, a reserve Army LTC. We went to The Basic School together at Quantico, VA in Fox Company 6-78.

He became a NFO in the F-4 and was assigned to MCAS Kaneohe, with several deployments to Iwakuni, Japan. Fortunately for me, we were room mates from 1981-1982 with Tom Hanks and Steve Guertin in Kailua. We had a helluva time.

I have so many memories of Jim. Visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico VA and see the brick in his memory. I live nearby and will buy you a beer. Semper Fidelis, Bob Shaw

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