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Howard Luckett - Honorary Relay Team Captain

On the day after the Pearl Harbor attacks of 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered a fiery and famous speech to the rattled nation. Soaking in every word, 13-year-old Howard Luckett made up his mind. “It was on that day, I vowed that when I was old enough I would join the military.” Five years later, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, beginning his long career in the military in the Quartermaster Corps at Fort Dix, New Jersey, starting as a clerk and later working in finance.

With his discharge pending, and inspired by the courage, discipline, and strong sense of patriotism of the soldiers returning from the war in Europe whose discharges he was processing, Luckett realized that he could continue to serve while pursuing his dream og obtaining a college education, and joined the U.S. Army Reserves.

Upon the outbreak of the Korean War, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served aboard a U.S. Naval base in the Pacific until his discharge in 1954. In recognition of his decades of service to his country and to the communities in which he has lived, Howard Luckett will serve as an Honorary Captain of the 2018 Boston Marathon Commemorative Military Relay.

After his discharge, Luckett earned his college degree from Columbia University. He went on to work in a variety of nonprofit and educational organizations, with special emphasis on training and development of youth, energy conservation, and drug-abuse prevention. Luckett retired in 1994 from the New Jersey Department of Labor, where he was the director of grants and special projects.

But retirement was short - relocating to Virginia, he spent 12 years volunteering with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he saved as a Vice Flotilla Commander. When he wasn’t on the water, he was involved in a myriad of local organizations including the local chamber of commerce, Habitat for Humanity, the Arts Council, and the local library.

In 2006, Luckett and his wife of 60 plus years, Esther, moved to Boston, where he continues to volunteer his time, now at a food bank in West Roxbury.

Howard, Esther, their three children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren are all looking forward to April 16th. “I wish to express my great admiration and respect for those veterans whose very presence is testimony to their desire to be a part of a long-standing tradition and whose participation ensures its continuation.”

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Howard Luckett

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