Army Pfc Tucker was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It is believed that three Humvees were manning a checkpoint by a Euphrates River canal south of Baghdad when they came under fire from many directions. Two Humvees went after the assailants, but the third was ambushed before it could move. Seven masked gunmen, including one carrying what was described as a heavy machine gun, killed the driver of the third vehicle, and then took the two other U.S. soldiers captive, including Tucker. The military said that soldiers at a nearby checkpoint heard small-arms fire and explosions during the attack at 7:15 p.m., and a quick-reaction force reached the scene within 15 minutes. The force found one soldier dead but no signs of the other two. The two soldiers bodies were found on a street near a power plant in the town of Youssifiyah, just south of Baghdad on June 19. An Iraqi official said the men were killed in a barbaric way. Tom's family moved to Madras, Oregon where he graduated from Madras High School. For several years he worked in construction as a framer. He joined the U.S. Army stating that he wanted to do something positive. Tom was a great lover of music and played the piano. He liked to fish the Prineville Reservoir, going for catfish, and in fall he would head into the Ochoco Mountains to hunt deer and elk with his family. In a recent telephone message that remains on his family's answering machine, Tom sent the following greeting. "Be proud of me Mom, I'm defending my country. Tell sis and my nephews hello for me, I'm OK, I'm on my way." Two days before Tucker disappeared, he called friends to let them know his unit was heading out on a potentially risky mission searching vehicles in an increasingly violent part of the country and that he'd be out of telephone and Internet contact.