BY JUSTIN JENVEY
Jjjenvey@ nemedia.com.au ack Tucker would have joined the navy earlier if he could have. He was two months off turning 19 when he was eventually granted a release from his job with the Victorian Railways with who he worked in Melbourne.
He had previously wanted to join in November 1943, not long after turning 18, but finally signed up with the Royal Australian Navy on September 5, 1944.
The Second World War would end 363 days later on September 3, 1945 but Mr Tucker would go on to complete two years of service.
“I don’t really know why I chose the navy. Probably because an older bloke I had worked with had been MEMORIES: Jack Tucker enjoys some time at home going through a book on the Flinders Naval Depot where he trained and was deployed as part of his service during World War II.
PHOTO: Justin Jenvey ike many young men he said he just wanted to do his part for his country. in the navy in his younger days and used to talk to me about one or two of his experiences,” he said.
“It was either that or the air force.”