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First Name: John

Last Name: Rucker

Birthplace: Kilgore, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: O'Neal

Date of Birth: 17 March 1951

Date of Death: 27 January 1973


Years Served:
John O’Neal Rucker

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


John O'Neal Rucker
Sergeant, U.S. Air Force

John O'Neal Rucker was born on 17 March 1951 in Kilgore, TX.

Rucker was the last U.S. serviceman to be killed in the Vietnam War; dying a few hours before the cease fire took effect. He was the victim of a rocket which hit his barracks at DaNang air base. Although born in Kilgore, he was reared in Linden, and a monument to his honor is on the grounds of the Cass County courthouse. Newspaper accounts of his death are also located on a veterans' wall inside the courthouse.

Death and Burial

Sergeant John O'Neal Rucker died on 27 January 1973 in Hung Yen, Vietnam. He is buried at Center Hill Cemetery in Linden, TX.

Honoree ID: 3028   Created by: MHOH




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