"Born May 9, 1897, in Alapaha, Georgia, Tucker was the son of Warren and Margaret (Sizemore) Tucker, both deceased. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Addie (Creed) Tucker; a son, Ralph Warren Tucker; a sister, Lilly Tucker; and two brothers, Fred Tucker and Quincey Tucker.
Henry Roy Tucker with his wife Addie (Creed) Tucker and son, Ralph Warren Tucker.
Photograph courtesy of Don Garrett and Ancestry.com
The oldest World War I veteran in Georgia, Mr. Tucker was inducted into the U.S. Army during World War I on September 4, 1918. He served in Luxembourg, England, Belgium, France and Germany. At the end of the war, he remained in Germany as a member of the Army of Occupation for an additional ten months. Because he served on French soil during the war, the French Consul in Atlanta, on behalf of the French government, awarded him the French Legion of Honor, the highest medal awarded by France, in a ceremony in Tifton on August 5, 1999.
French Legion of Honor
He is survived by two daughters, nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 11 great great grandchildren.
On the centenary of World War I, I am writing occasional profiles about the lives of my soldier ancestors, who fought in the Great War. Previous posts include:
Honoring Those Who Died in the Service of Their Country
Wordless Wednesday: Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery
A Soldier Boy's Creed