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Jerry Buck #64

Jerome Addison Buck (Jerry) was born in Charleston, South Carolina to John Addison and Betty Coyl Buck.  Being the son of a Naval Officer, Jerry moved all over the United States and the world as a young man.  He attended Nile C. Kinnick High School (Yo-Hi) in Yokohama, Japan his freshman and first half of his sophomore year.  At Yo-Hi he played football and wrestled, earning the ‘Most Guts’ award in Football.  He enrolled at T. C. Williams High School after the Christmas holidays of his 10th grade year.  He graduated from T.C. Williams Senior High School in 1972.  While attending TC he participated in Football, Wrestling, Crew, Golf and occasionally put the Shot for the Track Team.  He was awarded the ‘Best Blocker’ Award in Football his Junior and Senior years.  In 1992 along with four of his teammates from the 1971 Championship team, Jerry was named as a member of the Northern Virginia Dream Team.

Four people played big roles in Jerry’s development as an athlete and as a person while in High School.  Three of them were football Coaches and one was a young lady.  Coach Roy Clumpner, his first Varsity Football Coach at Nile C. Kinnick High School in Yokohama, Japan taught how hard you had to work to be a champion and how to constantly strive to reach one’s fullest potential.  He also taught him the basic skills of football, which would always stay with him.  Coach Herman Boone his head coach, Senior year at T.C. Williams, taught him what it meant to play on a team and what it took to be a leader of the team both on and off the field.  Coach Paul Hines, his position coach, inspired him to play his best. His unique teaching, coaching and leadership made all the men who played for him better athletes and better people.  He taught us to play hard, but play smart.  Selfless teamwork and collective pride make positive thinking and victory habitual.  Finally, Miss Michal Patten kept him focused on the importance of school and education.  To her, they were only games and as long as he did is very best she was proud, win or lose.

Jerry attended the United States Naval Academy graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1976.  His senior year he was the Captain of the Naval Academy Rugby Team.  Jerry was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy.  He served as a Surface Warfare Officer in various Cruises, Destroyers and operational staffs in the Pacific Fleet, making several deployments to the Pacific and Indian Oceans.  Ashore, he received his Masters Degree in Weapons Systems Engineering and served two tours in Washington DC.  He retired from the Navy in 1996 and now works as a Senior Systems Engineer for Computer Systems Center (CSCI) in Springfield, Virginia.  His current work is primarily focused on the Tomahawk Land Attack Weapons System. 

In 1984 he married the very beautiful Aja Om from Pearl City, Hawaii.  They have one daughter Coria Leilani Buck, born in 1988.  They currently live in Springfield, Virginia.

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