Frank Tucker death reported
War H«ro D«od Hugo Parts Salesman Is Killed .In Saipan Fighting (By Second LieiH. Jim G. 'Lucas, formerly of the MuSko- gee Phoenix and Tulsa Tribune, a Marine corps public relations officer.) SAIPAN, Marianas Islands — (Delayed) — Sgt, Frank tucker, " the Hugo, Okla,, parts salesman who became a hero in the battle of Roi-Namur, in the Marshalls, ' Was killed last night. Only a few hours earlier Tucker had grinned and said that there wasn't a Jap alive who could gel him. Just before we left the ship, Tucker came down and talked a great deal about the folks at home. He showed the picture of his 10-year-old son, who weighs 135 pounds and is all muscle, and said the kid wag dead set on becoming a Marine. , Tucker's platoon leader, .Second Lieut. Paul J. Rossi of Bayonjic ( N. J., stood by grinning proudly when Tucker was ha,nded a couplfe of clippings from home 'telling about the award of the Navy,Cross to him. "Don't know what I'll do with them," Tucker said, and stuck them in his pack. They were still there when he died. Tucker was killed after the ene- u,fl!t had chased the Japs out of a blockhouse, 'and Tucker accounted for six as .the Japs fled towards tho trench. An estimated SO of the Japs Cached the trench in time to turn around,, fire and pin down in a shell hole all but two of the men pursuing them. Tucker managed managed to reach the cover of the cocoanut tree and one corporal wag close behind him. my had broken through his lines. ,. Through the night, sporadically, the two of'them fought it out with was leading a squad to wipe them* out. He enlisted in the Marines right afte'r Pearl Harbor. He was formerly formerly art automobile parts salesman for Babcock Brothers of Hugo. two of'them fought it out with the entrenced Jap riflemen. In the morning, only.ane Jap was, still alive and he put his toe in the trigger arid killed himself as the mopping up party approached. approached. The men in the unit credited During the fighting on Namur .._ , island last February, Tucker and | Tucker 'With atT least' 32 "oF'the 11 other/men from a machine gun | enemy.