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Soldier gifts flag to city

Corinth Police Department Capt. Landon Tucker (left), with his son, Carter, presents an American flag flown in Iraq to Mayor Tommy Irwin, with Fire Chief Todd Welch also present. The flag will be displayed at City Hall.

Staff photo by Jebb Johnston

By Jebb Johnston

jjohnston@dailycorinthian.com

The City of Corinth received a rare gift on Tuesday.

Landon Tucker, a first lieutenant and soon-to-be captain with the Mississippi National Guard, presented an American flag flown at Camp Taji Forward Operating Base in Iraq on Oct. 2, 2018, to Mayor Tommy Irwin. It will be proudly displayed at City Hall.

A captain with the Corinth Police Department, Tucker recently returned from his third deployment with the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team.

"We appreciate what he does for our community and for our country," said Irwin.

Happy to be back home after a year-long deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield, Tucker said his latest tour took him to Iraq for about half of the time and to Kuwait for the second half.

He felt he moved from one great post to another, taking command of the HHB 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery Regiment when he went to Kuwait.

"When you get a chance to take command of the unit, that's kind of like the top of the mountain," said Tucker.

Leaving home doesn't get any easier, especially with kids ages 6, 8, 10 and 12.

"I can say without a shadow of a doubt, this time was hardest, because my kids were older, and they knew what was going on," he said. "And I realized all that stuff that I would miss."

He first left home for Iraq in 2005 and was sent for another year of service in 2009.

Now, Tucker is enjoying getting back into the swing of things at home and being a dad.

"The thing you do now is just try to make up for time and make that time quality time," he said.