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Jun-19-2006 12:23printcomments

Statement From the Family of PFC Thomas L. Tucker


Salem-News.com

(MADRAS) - Our son, Thomas Tucker was born in Prineville, Oregon. We moved to Madras where he and his sister were raised. He graduated Madras High School. For several years he worked in construction as a framer. Thomas has a great love of music and played the piano.

He joined the U.S. Army stating that he wanted to do something positive and was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky as a member of B Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.

In a recent telephone message that remains on their telephone answering machine, Thomas sent the following greeting. "Be proud of me Mom, I'm defending my country. Tell sis and my nephews hello for me, I'm OK, I'm on my way."

Wesley and Margaret Tucker and the rest of the family wish to express their deepest gratitude to the communities of Madras and Central Oregon for their wonderful support during this time of stress and uncertainty. The Sheriff's Office has and is continuing to provide support to allow them time to deal with the information received and that continues to come to them regarding the disappearance of their son."




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Rita I. June 21, 2009 12:41 pm (Pacific time)

I know you miss Tommy each and every day. His sacrifice is not forgotten. May God bless you till you see him again.


Rita I. June 21, 2009 12:40 pm (Pacific time)

I know you miss Tommy each and every day. His sacrifice is not forgotten. May God bless you till you see him again.


L. Jemison. July 11, 2006 10:50 pm (Pacific time)

I am devastated over the loss of two young and brave soldier.I also have a son serving in the same company. My prayers are with the families of these young men.I dont know what I would do if I lost my one and only son. We must bring our soldiers HOME!!!


diane elder July 6, 2006 6:33 pm (Pacific time)

Your son has been a constant source of inspiration for me since I first heard his story. I was particularly moved by the recording of his last phone message to you. He never complained but only asked about the welfare of his loved ones. He told everyone how much he loved them over and over and asked them to be proud of him for what he was doing. Whenever I hear someone speak of an athlete or entertainment figure as a hero, I will make sure that they know who the real hero is...Tommy Tucker is the real deal and we will never forget him or what he did for his country. God bless you all and keep you until you see Tommy again. Diane Elder


Roxy Oregon June 30, 2006 3:21 pm (Pacific time)

Your son was a very brave man, and we are all very proud of him and every other Man/women protecting our country...GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!!!


Jovon, Redlands Califorina June 30, 2006 11:43 am (Pacific time)

I grew up in central oregon and my husband also enlisted in the united states army. He was deployed for a year as well in support of the war on terriorism. My family along with his that live in redmond and bend oregon prayed for his return everyday. Knowing how close the death of PFC Tucker hit home really puts a hole in my heart. I know that it take a lot of courage to leave your family and fight for a cause where the worse case scenario is death but i know he did it with pride and strength. I belive that they will catch whoever did this and they will pay for what they did. My thoughts and prayers are with your family as well as the other 2 soilders. You should be proud, your son is a hero.


Gracie June 28, 2006 2:31 pm (Pacific time)

MY CONDOLENCES TO THE TUCKER FAMILY. WE HAVE YOU ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. ON BEHALF OF MY FAMILY AND I WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU THOMAS. IT TAKES SOMEONE REALLY SPECIAL AND BRAVE TO BE ABLE TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. YOU PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND FOR THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A HERO. NOW YOU WILL SERVE OUR LORD AND YOU WILL PROTECT YOUR LOVED ONES FROM ABOVE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE THOMAS! SINCERELY, G.L.C. BROWNSVILLE TEXAS


Candace Griffin - Tommy Sr. June 28, 2006 1:06 pm (Pacific time)

Wes and Margarette, I am truly sorry for your loss. I know how proud you are and were of Tom. Your family is a very close family and is much admired by all who know you. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family. Tommy gave the most precious gift he could possibly have given and he gave it for me and my country. I thank God everyday for soldiers like him and all the other soldiers who are still out there fighting for the freedom that I tend to take for granted. God Bless Tom (Tommy) and God Bless you!!


Susie June 28, 2006 9:59 am (Pacific time)

May God give you and all the families who have lost a child defending our country peace and comfort. May they walk in peace with Jesus. They gave their all. And for all you whacko's- You should kiss every soldiers boots who have put their lives in harm way-they fought and died so you CAN HAVE AN OPINION in America!


Margie June 28, 2006 7:34 am (Pacific time)

My comment has to do with the reporting, or should I say lack of reporting, on the brutal killings of Army Pfc. Kristian Menchaca of Houston and Pfc. Thomas Tucker of Madras, Oregon. This is something that should be on the front page of every newspaper in the United States and should stay there for months so the people here learn what kind of animals our troops are dealing with on a daily basis over in Iraq. The Abu Ghraib Prison story was front page news for months and months after the story broke and managed to anger most of the world. Now, why don't we show the rest of the world what our husbands, fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters and daughters face every single day over in Iraq? People are too easy to forget what happened on 9/11 and how brutal these animals over there are. Yes, we "humiliated" some prisoners at Abu Ghraib Prison, but we did not mutilate, decapitate and dishonor their dead. People are forgetting this is a WAR. War is not fair, not pretty. Whether you support the war or not, our families are over there fighting to make life better for others and something like this should not be taken lightly. SSGT and Mrs. Thomas W. Funkhouser Georgetown, Texas


Anonymous June 27, 2006 5:58 pm (Pacific time)

I am just heartbroken for your family. I can't imagine the pain you are in. Your beautiful son is our Hero... I am just sick over what happened to him and the other soldier. I can't even bear to think of it... I pray for your family!! Your son is in Heaven watching over you.


Carol Lublin June 26, 2006 12:51 pm (Pacific time)

I am going to be a better person, the promise I am making in the name of your son.


sue ellen gilligan June 26, 2006 12:51 pm (Pacific time)

My heart aches for you and your family. Ever since I heard the soldiers were taken, I said many rosaries and novenas for their safe return. I now know that they are home with God and all the angels and saints. They know perfect love and peace. I am sure they will shower your family with abundant blessings. Please accept my profound sorrow on your loss and know that our country mourns with you at this time of deep sadness.


Dave B - Round Rock, TX June 25, 2006 6:44 pm (Pacific time)

I cannot even begin to understand the loss and pain you are enduring. Your son was a true hero in every sense, and I thank god every day we have these brave young men fighting to defend the freedoms we take for granted every day. He will be missed and never forgotten.


bernadette manley June 25, 2006 2:19 pm (Pacific time)

As the mother of a son serving in baghdad, i can tell you that my heart is broken for you all.the worst thing we imagine all the time,and it has happened to your beautiful child. i prayed for a miracle that they would somehow be saved. God knows best and he took him home. We must never ever forget Thomas, he is our hero and his life and his memory must be honored forever, he was a brave warrior. i send my deepest sympathy to you all. my own heart is heavy when i think of your sorrow. bernadette manley, petersham, ma.


Patty Stinnett June 24, 2006 8:32 am (Pacific time)

This Air Force Mom sends my heartfelt condolences to the Tucker Family on the loss of their brave Son. He died fighting terrorists that we must fight over there, or they will be over here! God Bless you; your Son is with the Angels now.


kathy June 23, 2006 8:50 pm (Pacific time)

Just heart felt sorrow...for you and your family....no rhetoric. Thank you for giving us a true american hero


Kyle Raye June 22, 2006 7:13 pm (Pacific time)

As we carry on our daily activities of work, college, family and friend activities in our wonderful country, I weep whenever I hear news of your son's loss. As a young adult of your son's age I look at the courage of a young man to serve his nation and his God for a greater cause. I have the freedom to live my life each day and I look towards these great heroes today and in generations past that allow us to live freely. Know that this life is but a time in God's plan and that you will be reunited with him. What courage these young men have to stand up for our nation and the our values of freedom and human dignity. God bless your family and our brave men and women who unselfishly preserve our freedom. May the rest of us live our lives in such a way to worthy of the sacrifices made for us.


Ann from Easton, PA June 22, 2006 6:30 pm (Pacific time)

This story touched a nerve for many of us. I was so sorry to hear of your loss, although I don't know you or your son. His picture shows a handsome, wonderful person. Those who knew him will never forget his bright spirit. I hope you have many wonderful memories that help you through this time. I am so sorry.


Michelle Barnes June 22, 2006 2:25 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Tucker Family... I am so absolutely heart broken over your loss. My children


Lorraine, Vista, CA 9:30am June 22, 2006 9:43 am (Pacific time)

My sincere sorrow for the loss of your son Thomas. My son also served in the same unit and will always remember the horrors of war when he served his country. May God Bless your family and to all our United States Military Families.


Arlene in Germany June 22, 2006 1:15 am (Pacific time)

As a military spouse whose husband served 15 mo. during the first rotation in Iraq I can only say that I am so proud of your son as I am of every soldier past and present. Your son will always be remembered as a person who stood tall and claimed "SEND Me!" I know that it will never take away the pain of your loss but be consoled in the fact that your son Thomas will always be known as an American Hero. Thank you for your sacrifice as well as his. God Bless America


The Editor June 21, 2006 11:23 pm (Pacific time)

Cherie, Is attack the only word here? Attack countries during times of peace, and verbally assault the editor of a free media publication for allowing words to be printed? This isn`t FOX News, we don`t censor news around here, and we are as patriotic as you get. We don`t believe in allowing a model of 1930`s Germany to go on, where people like you yell at others for exercising a simple right of free speech. It`s not going to happen at Salem-News.com, one of the only media organizations operated primarily by two U.S. military veterans. This president you are so in favor of, do you think his administration is doing well when it comes to the treatment of veterans? How about the fact that Tom Tucker`s family is having to raise money to have their son's body returned to Oregon. Do you cheer George Bush for that? Tim King


Cherie, Ft. Campbell, KY. June 21, 2006 11:06 pm (Pacific time)

I too am a proud Mom of a 101st Airborne Infantry soldier awaiting His return. Thank You for your Son's service, and the Ultimate Sacrifice He has paid. I am so very sorry for the loss you are going thru. I am grieving with a heavy, broken heart for you. I am praying for you and your family. May GOD comfort You both, and your Family, and hold you in HIS arms while you grieve the ultimate loss. His sacrifice for our freedoms in this United States of America, is not in vain. Shame on you Maureen, Sam, and Tim the editor. How very wrong at a time of such enormous loss for this precious family. Thank You Reed, the Marine for standing up.


Msgr. Donald Sakano June 21, 2006 8:55 pm (Pacific time)

Your son represented the very best this country has to offer. He makes me proud to be an American. Now may he watch over you and the country he loved from his place with the angels and saints.


Spc. Loder June 21, 2006 8:41 pm (Pacific time)

My prayers and condolences go out to the Tucker family. Your son is great hero. Godspeed from one soldier to another.


Troy H VA. June 21, 2006 1:51 pm (Pacific time)

As a dedicated counter terrorist please know that your loss and your sons sacrifice was a contribution to the world as a whole. We will succeed in this endeavor to provide the world free from terrorists and those that would hurt innocents. Your son was a protector of the world. In the end he will never be forgotten, and he takes his place with the other guardian angels. This is the most important battle in human history. My sincere respect to you for raising a good citizen and to your son for being part of the solution, not part of the problem. WE WILL PREVAIL


Cheryl Diedrich, Melbourne F June 21, 2006 1:08 pm (Pacific time)

For those who suffer and those who cry this day, give relief from thier burdens, dear lord. Let them expericence your true peace. Love them, Lord, when other cannot. Hold them, Lord, when human arms fail. Hear their prayers, O Lord, and let them hear your word of peace in their lives. AMEN. My God keep and bless you all.


m garcia June 21, 2006 12:42 pm (Pacific time)

our prayers are with pfc tucker and his family, GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.


Mari H., Davis, IL June 21, 2006 12:31 pm (Pacific time)

I also would like to send my sympathy to your family. I cried many times yesterday for your son


BARB June 21, 2006 12:11 pm (Pacific time)

BEE AT PEACE IN YOUR HEART, THO I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE IT IS SO HARD. OUR SON'S OUR BOTH IN PEACE AND OUT OF HARMS WAY NOW. THEY ARE WATCHING OVER US, WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. MAY GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU


Lori Zemites June 21, 2006 12:02 pm (Pacific time)

I am touched by the outpoor of sympathy to these families-thanks for sharing comments by compassionate folks. Restores my faith in the goodness of mankind.


Tim Hadac, Chicago June 21, 2006 12:00 pm (Pacific time)

Please accept my family's condolences on the loss of your dear Thomas. Both he and you are in our prayers...


a Military Family June 21, 2006 11:54 am (Pacific time)

I would like offer my condolances to the Tucker Family at this time. Your son is a true american hero and he will never be forgotten. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. "Gone But Never Forgotten"


David Gibson June 21, 2006 11:53 am (Pacific time)

May God keep and comfort you


SGT Nunley June 21, 2006 11:51 am (Pacific time)

My family and I are truly sorry for your loss. I know you are so proud of your Brave Son. May God bless and comfort you. You will be in our prayers.


Barry Borden Bham AL. June 21, 2006 11:50 am (Pacific time)

Lance will be in my heart and mind for awhile aWaiting till He comes home


Sherri Watson-Walterboro, SC June 21, 2006 11:44 am (Pacific time)

To the families of both the young men, you're very much in my thoughts and prayers and I share your grief. May God Bless you and all of our troops.


Steve and Roxanne Sandwall June 21, 2006 11:40 am (Pacific time)

My heart hurts for you and your family at the loss of your son thomas tucker, I have been praying since the news came on our television May The Lord Give you strength in you heart and soul at this time of grief that it not overtake you in the hard days to come i am a mom of not a military son but trials with him. Love Steve and Roxanne r.bahgier@verion.net


Debbi, Army mom, Melbourne , June 21, 2006 11:39 am (Pacific time)

Words cannot express my sorrow ove the loss of your son. I didn't know him, but I am very proud of him as I am of all our military men and women, they are my heroes. My son and nephew serve in the same unit, knew these men and are grieving along with you. My heart goes out to your family.


dorothy June 21, 2006 11:35 am (Pacific time)

I have been praying since day one for your sons safe return and that God would give you strength. I am with you continually and I feel your pain. You are not alone you are in our hearts forever. I


Susanna June 21, 2006 11:34 am (Pacific time)

Words cannot express my heartfelt sympathy to your family. Please know that your sons life was not lost in vain. Not only was he fighting for our countries freedom but he fought for the freedom of those he didn't even know. If anyone believes for a second that the majority of Iraqis do not mourn your sons life then they are mistaken. I believe we must remember that not only are we fighting to keep our homeland safe but as Americans we ALWAYS fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. We are Americans and we will always fight to correct a wrong. I believe every soldier over seas including my son knows in their heart that they are fighting for something bigger then themselves. May God bless you and keep you and may God continue to bless America.


Lance Fischer June 21, 2006 11:30 am (Pacific time)

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. YOur son served our counry and I am very proud of him. He died so we can all have freedom. I pray that you will find comfort knowing the good he has done for this country of our. Lance


Bob S., Tucson, AZ June 21, 2006 11:09 am (Pacific time)

May the Lord be with you and comfort you during this most difficult time. Your son gave his life to protect our freedom and to help bring peace to the world. May his sacrifice not be in vane.


S. M June 21, 2006 11:04 am (Pacific time)

I am so sorry for your loss.


Matthew Roche, Burke, VA June 21, 2006 10:14 am (Pacific time)

Your son is a hero in every sense of the word. From the moment your son was reported missing I prayed for him and his comrade. Although my prayers were not answered I know that God heard all of us praying for him and I know that your son is close to God's heart now. He will never be forgoten. God Bless You and God Bless the troops.


L. M. June 21, 2006 9:51 am (Pacific time)

May your family find God's strength through this most difficult time. As a military spouse, I share your pain. GOD BLESS!


SFC Jones - Huntsville, AL June 21, 2006 9:48 am (Pacific time)

My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief. Your son is a hero in the eyes of America and his fellow Soldiers and service members.


Shelly Berry, Cleveland, Oh. June 21, 2006 9:43 am (Pacific time)

I am so very sorry for your loss. Nothing I can say will make any of this less painful, but please know that you and your son are being thought of and prayed for. God Bless you during this time of immense grief and sorrow. God speed to the rest of our troops.


maureen grant June 21, 2006 9:41 am (Pacific time)

I am so very sorry for your loss--it is indeed a tragedy for someone so young and beautiful to be taken. He is with our Lord now and will be at peace always there.


Erick from the Philippines June 21, 2006 9:35 am (Pacific time)

My deepest sympathies for your loss. May God Bless your family at this trying time. The world prays for your family. The sacrifice of your son's life will not be forgotten. We are all proud of him and his comrades.


RJ June 21, 2006 9:05 am (Pacific time)

I am a Vietnam Veteran, one of many who took up the sword at our country's request. To this day I feel proud and privileged to have served among those who made so many levels of sacrifice, including their very life, at the request of their country. These men are all heroes and those they leave behind should always be proud of the courage and love that these heroes have shown. Willing to endure hardship and face death for the sake of the country, the people, and the way of life that they loved so much; these men have earned the respect and undying gratitude of our nation. Each time you see our flag flying, it is a tribute to those unselfish heroes of this and previous generations.


Martha Thomas, Kentucky June 21, 2006 9:03 am (Pacific time)

You are in our hearts and minds and especially our prayers. I pray for the safe return of your son, a true American hero. I served my nation proudly and my son is serving now. Know that we stand behind you, and your son is a real HEROE!! God bless you!


Army Mom 1/506th, 4th BDE, 1 June 21, 2006 8:57 am (Pacific time)

My worst nightmare has become your reality. I cannot begin to imagine the pain you must be feeling and the thoughts that must be going through your head from the pain of your loss. Just know that your son being a part of the 101st Airborne Infantry was the toughest of the tough and the bravest of the brave. He made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and what he believed in. May God Bless You and Keep You.


Florence Grondin. Ontario, C June 21, 2006 8:47 am (Pacific time)

God bless the Tucker family at this terrible time in their lives and all the American and Allied soldiers who are fighting and giving up their lives for democracy and a better world. My prayers are with all of you.


Mary Matassa, New Orleans June 21, 2006 8:46 am (Pacific time)

My family and I are so very sorry for your loss. It is young men like your brave son who protect our freedom. We thank you for that. God Bless You.


Keith and Cathie leitz Bend June 21, 2006 8:08 am (Pacific time)

To the Tucker family we were heartsick when we heard about the capture of your son and his fellow comrades. It struck very close to home for us as we are fellow central Oregonians and were also a military family, our son and daughter in law are with the U.S Airforce. Coincidentally our son just returned from his second tour in Iraq on Thursday his wife has also seved in Iraq. As you know our greatest fear was capture. So our hearts and sympathies go out to your family we honor your son and your families sacrifice.


chris June 21, 2006 8:05 am (Pacific time)

Coming from a military family, my heart goes out to the Tucker family. I do have a question that has bothered me since the tragic news was released...where is the outrage from our media, politicians and allies?


Sgt Joseph Kane June 21, 2006 7:40 am (Pacific time)

God Speed from one soldier to another. You truely are a hero!


Kofi in Afica June 21, 2006 7:40 am (Pacific time)

Your son has moved freedom loving people not only in America, but all over the world. I cannot give him my thanks for defending me, but I can gave it to his family. So thank you. I am forever in your debt. God bless you and keep you


Army Mom June 21, 2006 7:29 am (Pacific time)

I grieve with you and your family. My Son is in the same unit. I am sure he is sad as the rest of us over the death of your son. God Bless America!


Harry (Mic) Miller June 21, 2006 7:23 am (Pacific time)

I would on behalf of my family extend our deepest sympathy. We do know that he is now in Heaven Helping God. We have the opportunity to live our lives the way we do, and enjoy our freedoms because of Heroes like your son. God Bless


Jackie Robertson-Brentwood, June 21, 2006 7:16 am (Pacific time)

My prayer go to the family left behind. I want to thank you for the Sacrafice you Dear Child made for me to live in the Greatest country in the world. Your son is the same age as my son and I can't even begin to know the pain of your loss. But please know that there are many that believe in what you child was fighting for. The Lord has received your child with love and open arms. Thomas will be watching over you. God bless Thomas, God bless your family, God bless the community he came from and MOST OF ALL----GOD BLESS AMERICA


Tobias, Jennifer - - Buding June 21, 2006 7:13 am (Pacific time)

I wish to express my entire families heartfelt condolences for the loss of your son. I am a military wife and although my husband has not yet gone to Iraq, I do pray that all of our soldiers come back safe.


Bill in Rhode Island June 21, 2006 7:11 am (Pacific time)

May god bless your family. I am sorry for your loss


D, Lewis June 21, 2006 6:53 am (Pacific time)

May God bring you, your family, your friends, and community peace and understanding in this time of need. I just want you to know that people all over the country, and all over the world, are praying for you and your son who apparently gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. God bless you all.


Mary, T.S. Florida June 21, 2006 6:46 am (Pacific time)

Our hearts and prayers are with your family, our son is also in Iaq with the 101st Airborne. We deeply grieve the loss of your son in this terrible way.


Schelby Wells June 21, 2006 6:42 am (Pacific time)

To the parents of both young men may God give you strength and courage to go through the rest of your lives without the ones whom help to make your heart whole. I have a son-in-law in the service and I also have two grandchildren whom have been born since this war began. I will tell my grandchildren about the many brave people who lost their lives so that they can go to school, go to their churches and live life making choices for their own paths in life. God has blessed our Nation and I am greatful that we have so many men and women whom will give blood for our Nation to continue to stand. We should all stand united until all of our chrildren are back on our soil.


Kim Murphy June 21, 2006 6:31 am (Pacific time)

My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. My sincerest thanks to your brave son, who laid his life on the line so we may continue to enjoy our freedom. What a brave man.


Tammy Yates, TN June 21 6:36 June 21, 2006 3:42 am (Pacific time)

I pray for your family and the strength to be strong at this time. Be very proud of your son/ I am waiting the return of my own son from there also. But do be proud of him for being brave and proud of serving for his country.


zainab June 21, 2006 1:39 am (Pacific time)

we are very very sorry, thomas tucker , you are a great hero and you are in our hearts forever.we are proud of you, we salute you and we salute your family and tell them ( be proud of your son ) god bless you.


Diana and Peter Sebben, Texa June 20, 2006 10:53 pm (Pacific time)

We are so very sorry for the loss of your brave son. We are praying for your family.


Jim Clark, Portland, Or. June 20, 2006 9:29 pm (Pacific time)

Tom`s patriotism was as deep as the Crooked River Gorge. His confidence as high as Mt. Jefferson. You can drive forever in Central and Eastern Oregon. Tom`s talent went farther than that. Bravery can be measured by man. True bravery is measured by how you live your life. Tom was a framer in his civilian life. His bravery was framed long before he served his country. Oregon has lost a great man. The country has lost one of its bravest. He will be missed dearly, but will never be forgotten.


Diane Elder June 20, 2006 9:22 pm (Pacific time)

I will never forget your son and his wonderful telephone message to you. He must have said "I love you" 10 times. I broke down and cried when I heard it but you were very lucky to have had such a great kid for 25 years. Don't worry, you'll see him again, perfect and whole. God bless you all.


Gary A Montgomery IL June 20, 2006 8:57 pm (Pacific time)

Your son and his comrade are now in heaven they made the ultimate sacrifice for the country and family they so loved this is one Vietnam Veteran who will remember them and pray for them ...they are truely heroes in every sense of the word. I am sorry some people make their posts political it shows their real lack of respect for you and your son and all our soldiers in harms way. God Bless


Wes and Linda Newman, Picker June 20, 2006 8:09 pm (Pacific time)

As one military family to another, we understand that our worst nightmare is now your reality. However, what we can't even begin to understand is the level of grief and sorrow you must be suffering at this time. We are so very, very sorry. Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you. May God comfort you as he welcomes Thomas into his home. And know that Thomas will forever live on the roster of this country's bravest.


The Editor June 20, 2006 7:23 pm (Pacific time)

Reed, You make many good, strong points. I understand you are devoted and that you have experienced it. As the editor, I have a policy of deleting only the most inflammatory posts, or those with profanity. This chief news reporters in this news organization are veterans, one is a disabled veteran from Desert Storm. Many people believe the media has been all but silenced and it is imperative to remember that our job is to be critical and think that way. Personally, I think pulling out of Iraq would be a disaster for the people there, many of my friends disagree, that is their right. But most people do look at the conflict as something that could have been avoided, and that does not bring the president a lot of respect. I see the troops each time they rotate home, I know they have suffered a tremendous toll. So I guess as you said, we just have to wait and see what happens. Regardless, people have a right to make their point, best of luck to you. Tim King- Salem-News.com


Dan D'Allara 9/11 Family Me June 20, 2006 7:19 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Tucker family, One day when this pain is not so raw we can only hope that a few kind words offered on this site brings your family comfort. Word always seem to fall short in terms of what can be said about a vital young man and the pain his loved ones are now feeling by his loss. Please know that there are kind and genuine people out there praying for you. Tom's life will never be forgotten by thoses of us who know the pain of suffering. God Bless you all. NYC


Reed Sympson June 20, 2006 7:13 pm (Pacific time)

To: Tim and Maureen, I think those that believe that we should pull out of Iraq should come to power in the next election. That way those of us that can see through the rhetoric, will then look back and say "I told you so" when the hard line fundamentalist (al-Qaida) start gaining ground throughout the world. Apparently, not enough “Americansâ€? are paying attention to all of the world`s issues with al-Qaida and their goals to annihilate America and European civilizations. Quote, “The statement in the name of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, said: "We give the good news ... to the Islamic nation that we have carried God's verdict by slaughtering the two captured crusaders." What makes people believe that the U.S. Military leaving Iraq and Afghanistan will stop or even slow down the al-Qaida advance on civilization as we know it? I believe we are now in the beginning stages of a “holyâ€? war of ideologies. Pull your head out of the sand and study all of the conflicts raging around the world. Just so you know - those two men who were mutilated; were not fighting against Iraqis, they were captured and killed by al-Qaida insurgents who are trying to wrest control of the country from the Iraqi people. Take Darfur (Africa) for example, Nearly 200,000 people have been killed and more than 2 million displaced in Darfur since rebel groups made up of ethnic Africans rose up against the Arab-led Khartoum government in early 2003. The government is accused of responding by unleashing Arab militias (any guesses as to “theirâ€? ideology) known as the janjaweed who have been accused of some of the worst atrocities. Are we just going to sit here and let that continue as well? However the conflict with these “hard line muslim fundamentalistsâ€? started is moot, we either fight or die. I choose to fight. How many more 9-11 styles of attacks do you need to see the issue? One was more than enough for me. I am eternally grateful for the “soldiersâ€? who have the courage to go and fight for us so we can continue to enjoy the freedoms and lifestyle that we have. My heart goes out to the families that have suffered the ultimate loss; losing a family member to war. Mark my words, the battle has just begun. There is going to be millions of lives lost over this “holy warâ€?. You should stop criticizing the President and provide a more positive solution to the problem! By that I mean it is your right to criticize, but blaming the President isn`t going to fix anything; nor will it make al-Qaida go away and leave us alone. I personally do not blame the President for us getting attacked on 9-11. Somehow I believe there is someone else to blame. Reed


karen June 20, 2006 7:06 pm (Pacific time)

my deepest sympathy to these families in there losses.


Carol, Shawnee, Ok June 20, 2006 7:00 pm (Pacific time)

We all feel your loss. It is because of those like your son that we still have peace here at home. May God be with your family, our nation, our military and our president.


Carly Greene, Pittsburgh, PA June 20, 2006 6:48 pm (Pacific time)

I cannot begin to express my sorrow for you and your family. I am a medically retired Marine, my father is a former Marine and my brother is awaiting retirement from active duty USMC. We all grieve for you and every other family that has paid the ultimate sacrifice. I, too, lost a dear friend and fellow Marine in Iraq in 2003 whom left behind a wife and two young children. I will never forget him. My father served 2 tours in Vietnam and today says that a part of him dies with every serviceman that is killed. Be strong, God will get you and yours through this. We are all thinking of you and the many other families affected by this. God Bless our military and the freedom that is America!!!


Julie B., Springfield, VA June 20, 2006 6:41 pm (Pacific time)

To the family of Tom Tucker, From a 20-year Navy veteran, I am so sorry for your loss, especially considering I come from a long line of Tuckers. Occassionally, a tragic "war" story grabs at my gut and the tears flow. This evening is such a time. It is in my prayers that: 1) he met his God in the same attack during which Spc. Babineau did, without further suffering, and 2) that you are able to make peace knowing that he volunteered to serve his country in such a way that the enemy is distracted and unable to bring the war to our homeland. Your willing release to the media about his recent voicemail is proof that he knew his sacrifice would some day make a difference. I know my prayers don't make it easier to accept his death, but please know that he died honorably, and that many DO APPRECIATE his service to God and Country. And if he was strong in his Faith, you will see him again one day! With my most most humble respects, Navy Vet/Retiree In Springfield, VA


Mike S. Fort Wayne, IN June 20, 2006 6:38 pm (Pacific time)

God be with you and yours on this sad day. Your son did not die in vain. I am proud to have men, such as these, to call my fellow Americans. Our prayers are with you all and with the families of those still serving.


Patti, ND June 20, 2006 6:35 pm (Pacific time)

May God be with your family at this time of loss. My prayers are with you and for all soldiers and their families who have either lost a family member or have one fighting for our freedom, My son was there for a 12 month deployment and I worried every day that he was there. GOD BLESS!!


Carol Atlanta,GA June 20, 2006 6:31 pm (Pacific time)

Sending love and care to your family. I am a Military Mom. My heart aches for you. Be strong.


Neil E. Bahr June 20, 2006 6:23 pm (Pacific time)

As an 80-year old Subvet of WWII I have long been aware of what Americans have gone through in defending Freedom and endeavoring to spread it throughout the World. Your fine Son has added his name to the list of countless others who have sacrificed their lives for this worthy cause. Be assured that he is in Heaven and may God Bless You greatly in your time of grief!


Margaret Almers Summerville June 20, 2006 6:20 pm (Pacific time)

Words can not express my deepest sympathy for the lost of your son. Your son paid the ultimate price for all of us to enjoy our freedoms. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time and difficult days to follow. I know your heart is broken but you must have great pride in your son's bravery.


Ramona Palin June 20, 2006 6:14 pm (Pacific time)

i am very sorry that yet another young person has died due to the war criminals that are in control of the united states at this time. How many more kids have to die before we as a nation remove them from power?


Dave W. Rock Falls, IL June 20, 2006 5:58 pm (Pacific time)

God be with you. We all love your son and your family.


cpl. usmc June 20, 2006 5:58 pm (Pacific time)

your son is a credit to your family and this nation, may God bless you and keep you forever.


Gail, Cincinnati, Oh June 20, 2006 5:56 pm (Pacific time)

My heart breaks to hear of your loss. I hope our military spares nothing in order to remove the vermin committing these crimes from the face of this earth. Given the opportunity, they will be carrying out these same horrific acts in the US. God bless you and the unselfish courage of your son. Because of your son and others like him, our country will hopefully remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.


Christy, Washington June 20, 2006 5:55 pm (Pacific time)

May God Bless your family at this time. The sacrifice of your son's life will not be forgotten. His sacrifice is keeping us here at home safe and may none of us ever forget that. My deepest sympathy and prayers for your family.


Alan L Baughman Evansville, June 20, 2006 5:40 pm (Pacific time)

My deepest condolences at your time of loss. I come from a military family and understand the importance of the part these brave men and women play in protecting our country.


Glynn June 20, 2006 5:24 pm (Pacific time)

Tim, shame on you for using this family's grief for your own agenda. You and Maureen should be ashamed, but I am sure you are not. NO politics should be brought into the grief this family is feeling. I am appalled at your lack of compassion.


Joe Barrett June 20, 2006 5:22 pm (Pacific time)

I am sorry for the loss of your son..ignore that nitwit maureen. People like your son are the reason that we are a free nation...I too say Semper Fi my comrade.God Bless and keep you


Sam June 20, 2006 5:18 pm (Pacific time)

I feel for your loss but at the same time totally angry with the administration. All the loss of lives in Irag is unjustified. The invasion was wrong and should not have happened. Iraq was too small for it to be of any threat to America. If it were your neighbor who bullied you and physically harming you because he believed you were dangerous, he would have been put to jail, yet this is exactly what George Bush did to Iraq. He has blood on his hands and for causing turmoil in this world. History will condemn him.


JOSEPH R. BOSSIER CITY, LA June 20, 2006 5:18 pm (Pacific time)

The lost of loveones in this war is extremely emotional. For many the war is wrong, some believe that we are there to protect us here. No matter what our view of this conflict, many young men and women are dying and getting injured. Let's pray for them,their family and friends, and that the men and women who call the shots that put then in harms way get them back home safely and quickly as possible.


The Editor June 20, 2006 5:13 pm (Pacific time)

Hey Reed, this is Tim King of Salem-News.com. I am the one who approves the posts on this site and I'll tell you this much, I was a Marine a long time ago, probably even before you were born. We joined the Corps to support freedom, Maureen has a right to make a point just like you do. Try to understand that many people do not appreciate the point this nation has been taken to by George W. Bush, who was not a Marine.


Robert F. June 20, 2006 5:13 pm (Pacific time)

I am deeply saddened by your loss, but please know that you and your family and son, will be in my prayers.


Samantha June 20, 2006 5:11 pm (Pacific time)

God bless you and your family during this very difficult time. Please know that the American people stand with you in your time of grief and that we appreciate the sacrifice your son has made. His courage speaks highly of the family who loved him and the manner in which he was raised. My prayers are with you.


Donna R , NB Canada June 20, 2006 5:09 pm (Pacific time)

My deepest sympathies to the families of these two heros who gave it all for their country. I cried when I found out that yet again 2 brave young men lost their lives in this war. I had been praying that they would be found alive. I have a man who I love dearly serving over seas right now and I stand beside him all the way. Showing him I support him and that someone does care. They are all Heros and I hope soon they all return home. God bless.


Reed June 20, 2006 5:07 pm (Pacific time)

This is for the administration that is supposedly approving the content. I'm a US Marine and very troubled that you would print the rambling hatred that Maureen submitted. These should be words of comfort to the family, words to honor a fallen American. NOT place to vent your political views. God bless the Tucker family, and to my fallen comrad. Semper Fi my brother, you will not be forgotten.


Mark and Brenna in Australia June 20, 2006 5:05 pm (Pacific time)

Your Son's words say it all...Be proud of me Mom, I am defending my country! Just as Jesus gave His life on the Cross at Calvary. May the LORD our GOD comfort and strengthen you as mourn the loss of your son here on earth, knowing HE was a good and faithful servant whom the LORD will have said well done! President serves the USA under GOD's leadership and direction and does not make decision's apart from GOD's guidance...your son understood that what he was doing - was doing good for others - his words speak volumes..oh that the entire USA, his country would be proud of your son and the countless others who have faithfully served and given of their lives so that all may live in freedom! Thank you for raising such a son who everyone can be so proud of...in the USA and the entire World as well as in Heaven!! GOD bless you!!


Richard Taylor June 20, 2006 4:59 pm (Pacific time)

I am so very sorry for your loss.Words cannot express my gratitude for your son and what he did for his country. I was 101st. back in the 60's in Viet Nam. Again I am so sorry. Richard Taylor


Lorena, Texas June 20, 2006 4:58 pm (Pacific time)

May God Bless You and Keep you in this time of sorrow, PFC Tucker stood for America Freedom and I am proud of him for that...Thank You PFC Tucker.


Tom Luxton, Portland, Oregon June 20, 2006 4:51 pm (Pacific time)

The loss you have suffered belongs to you. It's shared by all of us but you own it. Our hearts break with yours. Pray something good comes of this.


George Carpenter, Iowa June 20, 2006 4:40 pm (Pacific time)

May God Bless your family and make the grieving easier for you. Your son is now with him in Heaven and at peace.


Phil June 20, 2006 4:30 pm (Pacific time)

We am so proud of your son and all of our military for serving our country so unselfishly.My husband is retired Air Force/Army and a veteran of Vietnam.There are heroes from every generation.Your son is one of them. Our prayers are with you. God bless you.


Maureen June 20, 2006 4:25 pm (Pacific time)

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. What a wonderful son you had. George W. Bush has the blood of your son on his hands for eternity. He's a liar who got us involved in this war on false pretenses. Weapons of Mass Destruction? Imminent Danger? Regime Change? Reason Du Jour? Halliburton? Oil? Freeing the Iraqi People? No. No. None of those things. We need to get out of there now, bring our military home to DEFEND our own country...not participate in a war we cannot win and just will cost us more precious lives such as the two tortured and boobytrapped...I so disgusted in this Administration, I am not angry with our Military...they are all brave men and women. I'm so sick of hearing "major conflict is over" and "we are making progress." B.S. We are just losing precious talented americans and innocent iraqis...This has to stop, please please make it stop.


Brian, Brooklyn, NY June 20, 2006 4:21 pm (Pacific time)

My deepest sympathies for your loss. We should all remember the selfless sacrifice of these soldiers. I just returned from a difficult tour in Iraq, and if it is some consolation, there are still many Iraqis I met who appreciate that we are not giving up. They do not want to live under terrorists or dictators.


Cathy Johnson June 20, 2006 4:06 pm (Pacific time)

My heart and prayers go out for you on this day. I can't begin to express the deep sorrow I feel for you the family, as well as your son's friends. My son is deployed there now as well. May God give you comfort as only He can.


Robert Biondo, Wash. D.C. June 20, 2006 3:53 pm (Pacific time)

I am very proud of your son. I thank him for his service, and regret that I canot take his place.


Chellie F, June 20, 2006 3:46 pm (Pacific time)

My heart goes out to both families whose son's sacrificed their life to keep mine safe. May you be forever blessed.


Elliott June 20, 2006 3:39 pm (Pacific time)

This is my generations heroes, thank you


Sabra, 6-20-06 June 20, 2006 3:39 pm (Pacific time)

May God send his comfort and peace to Tucker Family.


celia June 20, 2006 3:37 pm (Pacific time)

I'm sure his daddy was his hero,,now its his turn to be a hero,not only to his family,, but to his country


George M Richardson June 20, 2006 3:32 pm (Pacific time)

Your beloved son is an American Hero. His tragic and vicious death at the hands of terrorists is why he chose to defend freedom from dictators and people who do not value life. My son is also in the reserves. He spent 15 months overseas and is a medic. He saw the horrors of war but he never forgot why we are fighting. Too mnay people forget 9/11. I do not. 3000 peopl killed in an instant. That is why we fight over there. We are keeping the terrorists busy in the middle East and not middle America. There are no words i can speak or say to you that will bring your son back. Hero's are not born. They are made from our American fiber. Tom will always be remembered by me as one of those who gave his life for his country. There can be no greater sacrifice. May God Bless your family, Tom, and may God Bless the United States Military and the United States of America.


Cynthia June 20, 2006 3:31 pm (Pacific time)

Our sincere sorrow and sympathy for the loss of your son. Thank you for his courage and unselfishness. He will be remebered in our prayers and hearts forever.


Christine N., CA June 20, 2006 3:30 pm (Pacific time)

My heart goes out to both families. American will never forget their sacrifice for our freedom here at home. May God take them with him and bring comfort to your family.


joyce peters,mercer,tn 3:20p June 20, 2006 1:15 pm (Pacific time)

our prayers are with you,this is such a tragic loss.


Linda June 20, 2006 11:46 am (Pacific time)

May God bless the families of these brave soldiers who have our deepest regard!


Jill Chambers June 20, 2006 10:47 am (Pacific time)

Just hearing word of your sons loss of life, tears falling, I can only say thank you for your son and his heart to serve his country and to serve others. His life is an inspiration to us all to live for something other than our own gain and need. You are in my prayers as you grieve the loss of such a beautiful life.


Frieda Santiago June 20, 2006 10:37 am (Pacific time)

My heartfelt sympathy for the Tucker Family. We know that you are proud of your son but anguished over his loss. May God give you peace and eventually help to accept the great sacrifice your son did for our country, the land of the free.


Pam,Brian, Jim Madras, Or June 20, 2006 10:35 am (Pacific time)

Our family consists of three disabled veterans. We all wish to express our sadness and condolences at your time of loss.


Linda, San Juan Capistrano June 20, 2006 10:14 am (Pacific time)

My prayers are with the family of this brave soldier who sacrificed his life for his country and its people and for the freedom of the Iraqi people. God bless our military and the United States!


Tim S. Seattle, WA June 19, 2006 5:12 pm (Pacific time)

I pray for the safe return of PFC Tucker. Be strong and be proud of the sacrafices he makes everyday for our freedom.

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