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Georgia's oldest World War I vet dies

June 14, 2004

(Toccoa-AP) -- Georgia's oldest World War One vet has died. Henry Roy Tucker, originally from Alapaha in Berrien County, died Saturday at 107.

He fought with the U. S. Army in Luxembourg, France and Germany during World War I. He was awarded France's highest honor -- the Legion of Honor -- in 1999 for work he had done nearly 81 years before.

Tucker stayed in Germany after the war ended to serve in the occupying army for an additional ten months before coming back to the United States. Tucker settled in Tifton when he returned to the United States and worked as the city's water meter reader. He was the city's only reader and credited all the walking he did on the job for his good health.

Family members also said Tucker was independent long after he turned 100, living by himself at home until last November, when he moved to an assisted living home in Toccoa.

 On May ninth this year, his 107th birthday, the Georgia General Assembly acknowledged his achievements in a proclamation read before the assembly and presented it to him.

posted at 2:40PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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