October 6, 2007
Shortly after graduating from Harvard University in 1964, future governor Jim Guy Tucker enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Just as the war in Vietnam was about to escalate, Tucker was discharged for health reasons. He appealed the discharge on two occasions without success. To date, he is the last Arkansas governor to have served in the military. Tucker still found himself in Vietnam in both 1965 and 1967 as a civilian correspondent. He chronicled his experiences in a book titled, Arkansas Men at War.