Interview of John (Tony) G. Lackey III by Caleb DuBose
March 28, 2013
Colonel Tony Lackey was born in Statesville, NC in 1939. Inspired by military surroundings during childhood, including the influence of his father and the soldiers he would bring to their home from Fort Bragg, the young Tony Lackey quickly developed a profound respect for the uniform he would one day wear. Col. Lackey graduated from The Citadel in 1961 and commissioned into the Army’s field of Military Intelligence immediately following graduation.
Over the course of Col. Lackey’s 30 years of active service, he participated in such conflicts as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Gulf War, and he also served tours in Okinawa, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Col. Lackey’s career ended with his induction into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame—he is one of only 233 men to be awarded this honor. This interview includes accounts of Lackey’s childhood military influences, as well as his experiences at The Citadel as a cadet, a member of the Army branch of the Commandant’s Department, and a Professor in the Department of Political Science. Col. Lackey discusses his earliest years of his military career and progresses through his years of service, including stories of challenging and humorous times.