|Birth: ||Aug. 26, 1949|
Slave Lake Census Division
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 1969|
Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam
Geoffrey was the son of Alex Lukey of Deadwood Alberta and Pearl Lukey of Calgary Alberta Canada who enlisted in the US Marine Corps on May 17 1968 in Butte MT. He arrived in Vietnam on January 15 1968 and was assigned to Company H, BLT (Battalion Landing Team) 2/26, 9th MAB FMFPAC. On April 4 he was reassigned to 3d CAG III MAF and upon completing training joined CACO 3-1, CAP 3-1-3 near Phu Bai in Thua Tien Province.
CAP's (Combined Action Platoon's) were units where Marines would, live, train, and patrol with local Vietnamese PF's (Popular Forces) in their villages and who were little more than armed civilians. A squad of Marines would be assigned to villages that had a high enemy presence, to instill the fighting spirit in the local PF's so they can protect their families and fellow citizens against their enemy the Viet Cong and NVA.
On October 6 the CAP platoon was on patrol in the vicinity of the Phu Bai village complex when LCpl Lukey attempted to rescue a fellow Marine that had slipped and fallen into a washed out portion of the stream. In his doing so, he slipped and was swept into the Song Phu river by the fast flowing current. Rescue attempts were made unsuccessfully and he drowned.
On October 9, Vietnamese fishermen recovered LCpl Lukeys body that was floating downstream just east of Highway 1 the near the Phu Bai (4) hamlet market. His remains were returned to CAP 3-1-3.
Calgary Census Division
Plot: Field of Honor, Sec T Block 2A Lot 32
Maintained by: Victor Vilionis
Originally Created by: Robert
Record added: Jun 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27301024