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First Name: Gary

Last Name: Luck

Birthplace: Alma, MI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Edward

Date of Birth: 05 August 1937

Rank: General

Years Served: 1959-1996
Gary Edward Luck

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)
•  Gulf War (1990 - 1991)


Gary Edward Luck
General, U.S. Army

Gary Edward Luck was born on 5 August 1937 in Alma, MI. He is a 1959 graduate of Kansas State University and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant from the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1959.

His major commands include serving as Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) with the rank of Major General from 1989-90, and serving as Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps (1990-93) in the Gulf War under the command of Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. His last military assignment before retiring from active duty was as Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command, Korea.

General Gary Edward Luck retired from active Army Service in 1994.

Medals, Awards, Badges & Tabs

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze Star Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Purple Heart
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with Valor Device and Award Numeral 2
Army Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Army Presidential Unit Citation
Army Valorous Unit Award
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Combat Infantryman Badge
Army Aviator Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge
Ranger Tab


General Luck was a 2005 recipient of the Doughboy Award from the National Infantry Association.

In Retirement

He was an advisor to General Tommy Franks prior to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Gary E. Luck serves in an senior advisory capacity at the U.S. Joint Forces Command. He was sent to Iraq in early 2005 to investigate areas of operation there, identify any weaknesses, and report back to commanders at The Pentagon with a confidential assessment on what can be done to install democracy in Iraq, and to set a date for the withdrawal for American and coalition forces.

Honoree ID: 274   Created by: MHOH




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