At The Forefront Podcast Featuring WWII Veteran Lucky Luckadoo and Councilmember Adam McGough


In this episode, host Tim Mallad speaks with John “Lucky” Luckadoo, WWII Veteran and Adam McGough, Dallas City Councilmember – District 10, to discuss their common goal of establishing a national Home Front Heroes Day. Luckadoo explains the impact of the support from those on the home front during the war and why this recognition is so important and Councilmember McGough shares how he became involved and how he envisions it growing.


John Luckadoo was a wide-eyed 21-year-old lieutenant assigned to the Eighth Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group when he manned the controls and took to the sky for his first bombing mission as co-pilot of a famed B-17 Flying Fortress. The aeronautical revelation at Luckadoo’s fingertips could fly at altitudes of 35,000 feet for up to 2,800 miles, and carried a hefty bomb payload supplemented by ten .50-caliber machine guns. Luckadoo goes by Lucky, a nickname he earned while flying bombing runs over Nazi-occupied France and Germany. His group known as “The Bloody Hundredth” suffered staggering high casualties. By the war’s end in 1945, 36 of Luckadoo’s 40 classmates from flight school had either withdrawn from flying, been shot down, or killed in action. John “Lucky” Luckadoo earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions during WWII. He currently resides at Presbyterian Village North in Dallas, Texas. Read his full biography here:


Councilmember Adam McGough serves as the District 10 Dallas City Council representative. Elected in 2015, Adam is serving in his fourth and final term as the representative of northeast Dallas, including Lake Highlands and Hamilton Park. A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Adam earned a B.A. in Economics as a University of Texas at Austin Longhorn before earning his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. While in law school, Adam served on Law Review, earned status as a “Master Advocate” for the Board of Advocates and had the opportunity to study English Comparative Law and Employment Law at the University of Oxford in England while participating in Alternative Dispute Resolution courses. Here, Adam developed a passion for mediation and sought a Masters of Law, L.L.M, from Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in addition to earning several certificates at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. After establishing a private law practice for several years, Adam received the call to serve the City of Dallas as a Community Prosecutor within the City Attorney’s Office. As a Community Prosecutor, Adam had the unique opportunity to bring together his skills as a mediator and a litigator with the resources of the Dallas police, fire, code and housing departments to solve neighborhood issues and improve quality of life throughout Dallas. He was promoted to Executive Assistant City Attorney and served as the Chief of Community Prosecution and Community Courts. His reputation as a litigator and prosecutor along with his skill in mediation and desire to make neighborhoods safe earned Adam the appointment of Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. In 2013, Mayor Mike Rawlings asked Adam to join his office as Chief of Strategic Initiatives and lead GrowSouth, a program dedicated to improving education and economic development in Southern Dallas. Shortly thereafter, Adam was promoted to serve as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff. From 2007 to 2021, Adam served as the Director of Conflict Management at El Centro College and as an Adjunct Faculty member at SMU in Dispute Resolution. He conducted trainings across the country for judges, attorneys and professionals in negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution and remains a sought-after speaker. Adam was the past Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Dallas Bar Association and continues to serve on the board of directors for numerous organizations. Adam and his wife, Lacy, have three sons: Noah, Cooper and Eli who, respectively attend Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Lake Highlands Jr High School and Scofield Christian School. The McGoughs attend Prestoncrest Church of Christ and Watermark Community Church. Adam also serves as a Volunteer Chaplain for Lifeline Chaplaincy.

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