|Birth: ||May 22, 1918|
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 1945, France|
Born and raised on a family farm near Farmerville in rural Union Parish, north-central Louisiana. Second of five children. Attended Farmerville Elementary School and High School. Joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on April 5, 1939. Assigned to Project SCS-4, Company 4409, Farmerville (SCS = Soil Conservation Service).
Discharged from the CCC on March 26, 1941, and inducted into the Army at Jacksonville FL Army Air Field on March 27, 1941. Trained and served in Florida (Camp Blanding), Louisiana (Camp Livingston), Texas (Camp Bowie) and Maryland (Fort Meade) prior to moving with his unit to North Africa in April 1943. Served as a medic in North Africa, Sardinia, Italy, South France and East France. Killed in action in harsh winter conditions in the Colmar Pocket area, France---age 26 years, 8 months, 3 days---three and a half months before VE Day (May 8, 1945).
The following is excerpted from a February 1945 letter to the family from HQ 3rd Infantry Division: "According to an officer of his company, he was an aid man with a company that was engaged in attacking strong enemy positions. He was called forward to administer to some casualties. The enemy launched a counterattack and forced our lines back slightly, leaving your son in an exposed position. He was killed by rifle fire... He was an excellent aid man and had won the respect of all who knew him."
Travis earned the Purple Heart Medal, and after the battle of the Colmar Pocket during which he was lost, the French granted the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division the right to wear the Croix de Guerre, and the president awarded the division, as an entity, the Presidential Unit Citation.
Travis was buried in the United States Military Cemetery (Plot 2L, Row 4, Grave 5368), near Epinal, Lorraine Region, France, 45 air miles west of Colmar. His remains were returned to the United States in 1948, with burial at Zion Hill Cemetery, Farmerville, Louisiana, on April 21 of that year.
NOTE: Travis' shoulder patch in accompanying photo designates the Fifth Army, activated in French Morroco on 5 Jan 1943. Commanded by Lt.Gen. Mark Clark, it was the first American army to initiate combat in mainland Europe in WWII (Salerno, Sep 1943), and the first to liberate a European capital (Rome, Jun 1944). Travis, a medic, saw duty in North Africa and Sardinia with the 74th Antiaircraft Artillery Regiment, in Italy and France with the 976th Field Artillery Battalion and in France at the time of his death with the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. His Army rank, indicated on military headstone, was TEC5, Technician Fifth Grade (Medic), which was the same grade as Corporal but without command or order issuing authority. He would have been addressed as Corporal. (The Technician ranks were removed from the rank system in 1948.)
Truman and Rozena, linked below, and two surviving brothers.
Perry Jordan Tucker (1888 - 1965)
Della Moore Tucker (1894 - 1981)
Truman Tucker (1916 - 1988)*
Travis Clark Tucker (1918 - 1945)
Rozena Tucker Plonnigs (1920 - 2011)*
TEC 5 * 15 INF
3 INF DIV
WORLD WAR II
MAY 22 1918
JANUARY 25 1945
MAY 22, 1918 - JAN. 25, 1945
HE GAVE HIS LIFE THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE
Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
Plot: Row 5
Maintained by: Greg Tucker
Originally Created by: Bruce Odom
Record added: Apr 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35767804