W. H. Nichols Detachment #940
P. O Box 6157

Folsom, California 95630


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1st Lt. Fred Tully, Jr (Ret.)
April 26 1930 to May 22 2019

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, Tony, Tina and Tommy. He was also the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren. 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.


Folsom High School Veterans Memorial Dedication

From left to right -  Max Hartley, Jay Wiley, Charlie Kank, Fred Tully, Linda Tully, John Tully, John Cordova, Brian Elliott



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Color Guard at 4th of July Folsom Rodeo


Memorial Day Ceremony
Lakeside Cemetary

W.H. Nichols Color Guard

Help Support the Veterans Memorial Park
El Dorado Hills

Veterans Memorial Project

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Cleanup effort under way for W.H. Nichols burial site at Lakeside Cemetery


Thanks to the efforts of Fred and Linda Tully



Ride to Recovery Texas Challenge
Making a Difference in the Lives of Injured Veterans


Koren Marine 61st Birthday Event Koren Marine 61st Birthday Event

Creekside Oaks Retirement Center Flag Day Ceremony

Koren Marine 61st Birthday Event Koren Marine 61st Birthday Event

These are some pictures taken at a celebration for the 61st Birthday of the Korean Marine Corps. Five members from various leagues were invited to the event. Jim Murphy and Jay Wiley from our Detachment.

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Lewis "chesty" puller

A Marine Icon!

When he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1917, he was just Serial No.135517. From that modest beginning, the young man rose through the ranks to later become Lieutenant General Puller. But in the annals of military valor, he is known as "Chesty" Puller, not only for his bull chest but also for his absolute fearlessness and devotion to duty. "Chesty" Puller came to the Marine Corps out of Virginia Military Institute, the college where General Stonewall Jackson taught before the Civil War. The school itself had a history of wartime valor. VMI cadets fought as a unit in Jackson's Army, the only time in American history when a student body was committed to a pitched battle. Cadet Puller may have been inspired by their heroism. Or perhaps it was the example of a cadet four years ahead of Puller - Lemuel C. Shepherd. In either case, with World War I raging in Europe, Puller left VMI at the end of his freshman year to enlist in the Marines, saying simply, "I want to go where the guns are!"

He didn't see service in Europe: the war was over before he could ship overseas. But he saw plenty of action before and during World War II and during the Korean War. Slowly and steadily, he worked his way up the ranks. He received a direct commission. And he began collecting awards for valor.

By the time he retired from the Corps in 1951 he had earned more awards than any Marine in history: five Navy Crosses, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit with "V" device, the Bronze Star with "V" device, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

"Chesty" Puller became more than a hero: he was an American Legend. His gruff, give 'em hell attitude was admired throughout the Marine Corps. His bravery and his nickname, were known to the millions of Americans on the home front. He was a man's man. He was a Marine's Marine!


Virtual Viet Nam Memorial Wall
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC honors the fallen of the Vietnam War. Relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs there and on this web site named The Virtual Wall ®
Military books worth reading
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Book of the Month Book of the Month Who was W.H. Nichols? 

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Turn up your speakers on this one
and get ready!

Great Video of our Marine Warriors

Say Thanks
to our Troops!

Say thank you to our troops!
Medal of Honor: One Man's Journey From Poverty and Prejudice

Gunny Sgt Ermey

Yes, I'm alive!
“It’s going to take a lot more than some Internet rumor to kill this old Marine!”
  Marine from the start

Happiness is
being "Belt-Fed"

Fred Tully Jr with son David Tully
Camp Pendleton, CA

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:

"Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you...Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. 
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom".  -  Lt. Co. Grant L Rosensteel, Jr. USAF