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Once a Hero...

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Once a hero...


James Kirk is in his quarters, reviewing the personnel file of Ensign Thomas Lee. He asks the computer if there is any further information available, but there is not. Kirk tries in vain to record a eulogy for a young man who sacrificed his life to save his captain. Leonard McCoy arrives to find Kirk concerned about the situation. He recommends that the captain should check into the details of Ensign Lee's service and lifetime.

Memorable Quotes

"Thomas Lee deserves more than empty words, delivered by a captain who didn't really know him."
"Then do more."

- Kirk and McCoy

Background Information



Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in DC TOS volume 2 characters.

Regular and recurring characters

Constitution class refit bridge 2

Senior staff of the Enterprise-A.

James T. Kirk 
USS Enterprise-A captain.
Vulcan Enterprise-A exec and science officer.
Leonard McCoy 
Enterprise-A surgeon.
Hikaru Sulu 
Enterprise-A helmsman.
Montgomery Scott 
Enterprise-A chief engineer.
Enterprise-A communications officer.
Pavel Chekov 
Enterprise-A navigator and security chief. Chekov regretted severely dressing down Ensign Lee after the briefing for what would become Lee's first, and final mission. Chekov's quarters had a wall display of a stylized Russian flag.
The flag was a Russian Federation banner overlaid with a yellow bird design derived from the 1800s Russian Empire. This flag was similar to the standard of the President of the Russian Federation, which was adopted in the same year this comic was published.

Other characters

Thomas Lee 
Enterprise-A security ensign. Despite being an ensign, Lee wore no rank insignia on his Starfleet uniform.
Enlisted security crewperson aboard Enterprise-A, a twenty-year veteran of Starfleet.
Although Hunter identifies himself as enlisted and a long-term veteran, he wears the red shirt and insignia of a cadet's training uniform (but with an enlisted crewperson's jumpsuit collar). One other character, Valeris, had a similar inconsistency in canon, raising questions as to added functions of red uniform insignia and shirts by non-cadets in this time period.
Security man aboard Enterprise-A. Jackson also wore the red undershirt and uniform insignia of a trainee, but on a jumpsuit with an enlisted collar.
Leader of the Haigy raiders who poses as Arcade captain.
Haigy raider who fights with Scotty.
Anna Lee 
Ensign Lee's mother, whose name was listed in his personnel file
Jack Lee 
Ensign Lee's father, according to his records.
The true captain of Arcade, missing, captured aboard a Haigy vessel.


Federation freighter.
Dinar IV 
Crash site of the Arcade.
Dinar system 
Star system where the Arcade was attacked.
Band of raiders operating outside Federation authority. Although they were identified as a separate civilization, the Haigy had Human names and appearances.
Alien civilization, outside the Federation, that contracted the Arcade to carry goods to their Colony IX.
Sandar Colony IX
Sparta, Illinois 
Hometown of Ensign Lee.
Starbase 29 
Federation base where Ensign Lee signed aboard Enterprise-A.


Late 2260s
  • Thomas Lee born.
  • Hunter joins Starfleet.
Late 2280s
  • Stopover at Starbase 29.
  • Receipt of distress call from the Arcade.

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