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Tucker Dudley Gilman

Name:
Dudley Gilman Tucker
Rank:
Sergeant
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Unit:
Lafayette Escadrille
Date of Death:
1918-07-08
State:
New York
Cemetery:
Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, Marnes la Coq
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He was born in New York City, April 7, 1887 to his parents, Gilman Henry Tucker and Caroline Low (Kimball) Tucker. He was of the Harvard Class of 1907 and attended the Columbia Law School, though dropped out and entered the employment of the American Book Company in 1909. After traveling the world several times over, on March 28, 1918, Tucker entered the Foreign Legion. Early in April he transferred to the Lafayette Flying Corps. From May 22 to January 26, 1918, he was in training at the aviation schools of Avord, Pau, and Le Plessis-Belleville. He was breveted pilote (Caudron) and promoted corporal, September 30, 1917, and before going to the front, January 28, 1918, won himself the record of a skillful and courageous pilot. He was assigned first to Escadrille Spad 74, and transferred later to Spad 15, in the famous Groupe de Combat 13. In June he was promoted sergeant. Sergeant Tucker died while fighting six German fighters in the skies over the small town of Louatre on the 8th of july 1918. His plane crashed near the village.