Fred Tully Jr.
Fred Tully Jr, a Marine, whose service to his country spanned 73 years Fred was born in Bisbee, Arizona on April 26, 1930 and died peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Folsom, California on May 22, 2019 after a long battle with stomach cancer resulting from the Agent Orange he ingested while serving in Vietnam.He was 89 years old. Fred married his beloved late wife of 42 years, Barbara (Davis), on November 10, 1955, who preceded him in death in January of 1998. He later married Linda (McCandless) on October 15, 2014, who faithfully cared for him in the final chapter of his life. Fred was the father of 5 children, David, John (wife Joselle Wilson), Tony (husband Kent Johnson), Tina (Husband Marc Tavalero) and Tommy (wife Teresa Wagner). He was also the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren, Eric Tully, Jamie Tully, Nathan Tully, Natalie Tully, Justine Tully (husband Bradley Alvarado), Hunter Tully, Tyson Tavalero, Nicolette Tavalero, Lauryn Tully and Cameron Tully. He also had 2 great-grandchildren, Levi and Wren Alvarado. Fred’s military service spanned over many years. He first joined the California Maritime Academy in Alameda in 1946, when he was 16 years old. The following year, with his mother’s permission, enlisted in the Marine Corps on September 24, 1947 at the age of 17. His service in the Marines spanned 30 years serving 21 years active duty and 9 years in the reserves. As a combat veteran, he fought in the Korean war in 1951 and in the Vietnam war in 1966 and 1967. While in Korea he received 2 Purple Heart awards for being wounded in action. His first Purple Heart was received from getting hit by enemy mortar fragments to the face. His second Purple Heart was received after being shot twice in the back. One bullet was removed but the other remained in his back for the rest of his life. In 1966 and 1967, he then served a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam where his platoon received almost 100% casualties, Fred included. While in combat, Fred’s platoon was pinned down by enemy machine guns, rifle fire and rockets. One of those rocket shells landed near Fred and he was hit with shrapnel to the chest. Fred refused to be evacuated and he remained with his troops until the enemy was secured. From this he received his 3rd Purple Heart award. After 21 years of active duty with the Marines Corps, Fred retired in 1968 as an Officer with the rank of First Lieutenant. After Fred’s retirement from active duty in the Marine Corps on July 31, 1968, he moved his family to Sacramento and started work at the California Youth Authority. His career in corrections at the Youth Authority spanned 23 years from 1969 to 1992. After his retirement from the military and corrections, Fred continued his service by starting the Marine Corps League, W.H. Nichols, Detachment 940, in Folsom in 1996. He served as the detachment’s first Commandant and, as a lifetime member, has been actively involved in helping his fellow veterans. Fred was a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion and Devil Dogs. Fred also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Lyon’s Club. Fred served as Color Guard and Honor Guard for 72 years, from 1946 to 2018. In his time as honor guard he presided over many special events including the funerals of many of his fellow
service men and women. While at the Maritime Academy, at 16 years of age, he served as colored guard at the 49ers inaugural football game at Kezar Stadium on September 8, 1946. He was also given special honors after serving as a captain of the color guard at the Folsom Rodeo for 20 years of service from 1997 to 2017. Notable achievements by Fred include: Served as Grand Marshall of the Folsom Veteran’s Day Parade in 2017
duty and upholding the core values throughout his life. He also was awarded by the Marine Corps League Detachment 940 for Distinguished
Service in 1996, Marine of the Year in 2008 and numerous other honors. A Public viewing will be held on Monday, May 27, from 4pm to 8pm at Miller Funeral Home at 507 Scott St in Folsom. Graveside services will be held on May 28, at 11am, at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery, at 1201 Forrest St, in Folsom. Following the funeral, a reception will be held at the VFW Hall at 1300 Forrest St, three blocks from the graveside services.