Eric G. Rucker
Eric G. Rucker was born on 2-JUL 1993 in St. Louis Missouri. His parents were Christina and Brian. He had two siblings. His wife was Yevette. Eric and Yevette had three children with a fourth expected soon.
Eric joined the Army in March 2015 graduating boot camp at Ft. Benning, Georgia in July 2015. He moved through the ranks to Staff Sargent and received several awards and accommodations throughout his career. This year his unit 2nd Battalion, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment “Ghost Battalion” received the title of Top Gun for 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He had several deployments during his service. Eric had been assigned at Fort Cavazos since January 2019.
Eric Rucker died in a hit-and-run crash in Killeen, Texas, on June 11 while riding his motorcycle. Eric leaves behind three children with another on the way. Eric’s wife recently relocated back to St. Louis ahead of Eric’s upcoming deployment.
It was said of Eric, at a young age he had a zest for life. His infectious smile would light a room. He was a loyal friend and would do anything for the people he considered family or a friend, and that remained true as an adult. If a family member or friend needed help, Eric would not hesitate to be there. He loved being around his family. Eric enjoyed music. He would always have his earbuds in his ear, with the volume loud, and a hat. He loved wearing his St. Louis Cardinal hat to represent where he was from. He was proud to be from St. Louis. During his visits home, he would enjoy Imo’s Pizza, Chinese food, and White Castle hamburgers. He loved riding motorcycles and was in the process of becoming a member of the Street Soldierz MC in Killeen, Tx.
Lt. Col. Wellock, commander, 2-7 Cavalry Battalion said of Eric, “2-7 CAV is deeply saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt. Rucker. He was a valued member of the team who will be sorely missed throughout the entire formation. He will not be forgotten, and his legacy will continue through the outstanding performance of the Troopers he led in the Ghost Battalion. We extend our deepest condolences to Staff Sgt. Rucker’s family, his loved ones, and his friends.”