'There's no law against it' — Florida vet wants his remains placed in a body bag on his beloved boat after he dies

Jim Tucker in his boat. Photo: Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP

Jim Tucker, an 85-year-old Army veteran in Florida, doesn't care much about the details of his eventual funeral, except for one: He wants to be buried on his boat, damnit.

Tucker has lived on the concrete-hulled boat for decades, and it's where he feels safest after a tough 22-year Army career, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

Tucker, who was inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 2016, told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that there's "no law against my spending eternity in the bottom of my boat." His plan is to be placed in a body bag in a sealed concrete vault, which he's already purchased and had delivered.

Jim Tucker's boat docked on the Santa Rosa Sound in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.Photo: Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP

After graduating from The Citadel, Tucker became an Army Ranger and served in Korea, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported. He then worked as an instructor at Mountain Ranger Camp in Dahlonega, Georgia, where he received the Soldier's Medal for rescuing soldiers after a helicopter crash.

After serving for a time in France, Tucker briefly served as an ROTC instructor in Tennessee, before volunteering in 1967 to go to Vietnam where he earned two Purple Hearts, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News, which described him as "passionate, ornery, sentimental, loyal, profane, energetic, and far more literate and intelligent than he lets on."

He's also extremely open about his expectations for the afterlife, though he doesn't worry about it much: "If there is a hell, I'll be in it."

Still, Tucker is optimistic he still has plenty of time left. He told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that his last visit to the doctor put his health "within normal range." And besides, he has a birthday party to plan — the boat, which was originally built as an Army transport ship in 1921, turns 100 in just two years. He plans to pass ownership of the boat to his daughter after his passing.

"I have been one lucky son of a bitch," Tucker said, per the Daytona Beach News-Journal. "I have never enjoyed life more than I enjoy life right now."

SEE ALSO: Vietnam Veteran Gets High School Diploma After 53 Year Delay

WATCH NEXT: Vietnam War Hero Sgt. Maj. John Canley to be Awarded Medal of Honor

A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak boat crew displays their new 38-foot Special Purpose Craft - Training Boat in Womens Bay Sept. 27, 2011. (Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen)

A collision between a Coast Guard boat and a Navy vessel near Kodiak Island, Alaska on Wednesday landed six coasties and three sailors to the hospital, officials said.

Read More Show Less
(U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Jamarius Fortson)

The Navy has identified the two Defense Department civilians who were killed in a shooting Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.

Read More Show Less
(U.S. Navy photo)

A shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida has left four people dead, including the gunman, law enforcement officials said at a Friday news conference.

The shooter and two victims were killed at the base and another victim died after being taken to the hospital, said Chip Simmons, deputy chief of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

Another seven people remain hospitalized, including two sheriff's deputies who engaged the gunman, Simmons said at Friday's news conference. One was hit in the arm and the other was shot in the knee. Both are expected to recover.

Read More Show Less
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Victoria Fontanelli, an administrative specialist with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, moves through a simulated village inside the Infantry Immersion Trainer as part of training for the Female Engagement Team, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Oct 16, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Brendan Custer)

Widespread sexism and gender bias in the Marine Corps hasn't stopped hundreds of female Marines from striving for the branch's most dangerous, respected and selective jobs.

Six years after the Pentagon officially opened combat roles to women in 2013, 613 female Marines and sailors now serve in them, according to new data released by the Marine Corps.

"Females are now represented in every previously-restricted occupational field," reads a powerpoint released this month on the Marine Corps Integration Implementation Plan (MCIIP), which notes that 60% of those female Marines and sailors now serving in previously-restricted units joined those units in the past year.

Read More Show Less
Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) prepare to moor at the historic submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a six-month Western Pacific deployment, June 6, 2018. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lee)

The troubled 22-year-old Pearl Harbor sailor identified as shooting three shipyard workers Wednesday and then killing himself may have come from a troubled ship.

Gabriel Romero, a sailor on the submarine USS Columbia, fatally shot two civilian workers and wounded a third while the Los Angeles-class vessel is in Dry Dock 2 for a two-year overhaul, according to The Associated Press and other sources.

Romero "opened fire on shipyard personnel with his M-4 service rifle and then turned his M9 service pistol on himself," Fox News Pentagon reporter Lucas Tomlinson reported, citing a preliminary incident report.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was not able to provide information Thursday on a report that multiple suicides have occurred on the Columbia.

Hawaii News Now said Romero was undergoing disciplinary review and was enrolled in anger management classes.

Read More Show Less