Lee C. Tucker, a New Mexico National Guardsman, was one of (107) 200th/515th Coast Artillery men who made their way to Corregidor at the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942. The men would be absorbed into other units on Corregidor and continue the fight until Corregidor and its fortified islands were surrendered one month later on May 6, 1942. He lost his life when the Hell Ship Enoura Maru was bombed in Takao harbor January 9, 1945.

 

Silver Star

 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Coast Artillery Corps) Lee C. Tucker (ASN: 0-890142), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment, in action on Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 5 - 6 May 1942. During extremely heavy artillery and air bombardment of Battery Way, Lieutenant Tucker, acting as emplacement officer, behaved with conspicuous gallantry. Despite the deadly fire of the enemy and heavy casualties in the pit, he continued to energetically direct rapid and effective fire against the enemy. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he removed the wounded while under fire. When casualties reduced the strength of the battery to a number below the operating minimum, Lieutenant Tucker assisted personally in loading, laying, and firing the guns. He continued to work with, lead, and inspire his men, until he himself was seriously wounded on the morning of 6 May 1942. Lieutenant Tucker's intrepid performance contributed greatly to the volume and accuracy of the devastating fire the battery poured upon Japanese landing craft and their beachhead on Corregidor. Second Lieutenant Tucker's gallant actions and selfless devotion to duty, without regard for his own safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

 

War Department, General Orders No. 114 (October 1, 1946)