HOME OF ANDREW E. TUCK III
LIEUTENANT, F COMPANY, 506TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 101st Airborne Division - 1941 - 1945
The following excerpts from letters by Andrew E. Tuck III were written during WWII to his family and friends. The letters were read and edited by
mr Robert Perdue (himself a WWII veteran - 101st Airborne Division, 506 PIR, F Co.) after permission by Lorna Tuck Colbert, sister.
Mrs Colbert in 2004 explicitly gave her permission for publication.
Mr Robert Perdue:
I read his letters two times:
Overall impression: a devout Catholic, dedicated to his God, his family, his country, the Airborne, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (of which
he was a member when it was activated) and F Company of the 506th, where he began as a Platoon Leader, became Executive Officer after Normandy,
and later Company Commander. A soldier's soldier. Tuck was F Company Executive Officer when I joined that unit as a replacement after Normandy.
I hardly knew him. After reading his letters I wish I had known him better. Tuck attended a military prep school, attended summer camp at Plattsburg Barracks
after his junior year and joined the Army soon after his senior year. Considering he had but the equivalent of a high-school education my impression is that
he was remarkably well educated for one who had not attended university. He could be quite articulate for one of his age, at times almost "painting a picture
with words". There is ample evidence of a sense of humor and increasing nostalgia, especially in his later letters. I see only one negative, possibly due in part
to the pressures of time and/or circumstance - his spelling often leaves much to be desired. Some letters are not dated.
Tuck was with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment from the time it was activated. He began as Platoon Leader, 2nd Platoon, F Company.
I think Russell Hall must have been his assistant in Normandy. When I joined F Company, Tuck had moved up to Company Exec and Hall became Leader
of 2nd Platoon. I, as a 2nd Lieutenant, became Hall's assistant. Copies of Tuck's letters were provided to me by his sister, Lorna Tuck Colbert.
I have tried to excerpt from them comments I believe to be of greatest historical value and others that seem to best characterize the man, to show his
dedication to his God, and his family, military unit and country and his sense of humor. It is very difficult for me now to appreciate that this man was just a
year older than am I. He was unusually mature for one of his age.
After reading the letters two times I began typing excerpts from those where statements of interest were relatively short. About 20 letters contained so much
of interest the task was more than I could cope with. For these I used a voice-recognition program to record text into the computer with about 85% accuracy.
This added many errors, most of which I hope I corrected. It also corrected some misspelled words. I deliberately avoided changing some obvious errors
because I wanted to be true to the man and what he had to say. I have otherwise edited to a small degree to make this more readable and understandable.
Words misspelled and left so intentionally are followed by [sic]. I treated all in an individual letter as one paragraph and indicated omitted sentences by three
or four periods as appropriate (….). I have not used quotation marks except where Tuck added them. Unless otherwise noted, the words to follow
(lightly edited as noted above) are from Tuck's letters. Comments in brackets are mine. I did not excerpt all letters, only those with items of historical interest
or that supported my impression of Tuck as described above.
I should note that while Tuck was known to me as "Andy", and to some of the men of F Co. as "Little Andy", he was known to his family as "Ed" or "Eddie".