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Freedom Fighters: Huel Clive Tucker

Like others of the "Greatest Generation" who fought for our freedom in World War II, it was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that spurred Huel Clive Tucker to join the Marine Corps. Tucker's first action was in the Marshall Islands. He says casualties were light, but that was not to be in Tucker's next battle.

June 15th,1944 Tucker went into battle on Saipan. Casualties were heavy. Only thirteen of forty-five men under Tucker remained after the first few days of fighting. On the sixth day of the battle, Tucker was seriously wounded with a bullet through his chest.

Huel Clive Tucker was discharged from the Marine Corps in December of 1948. He moved to Longview where he met and married the 1940 Gilmer Yam Queen, Clarine SMITH. A Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Presidential Citation attest to Tucker's bravery and devotion to country.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting joanhallmark@kltv.com

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