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Posted: 6/5/2008 4:39:55 PM EST

If you don't know who Jack Lucas was, you should. He was awarded the MOH for his actions on Iwo Jima 6 days after he turned 17.

He survived diving on a grenade and later, as an Army Paratrooper, survived a parachute jump during which his main and reserve chutes failed.


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Jack, I never met you, but I wish I had. You were one hard-core son of a bitch and a true hero.
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RIP warrior
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I met him and bought a copy of his book at the Show of Shows last February in Louisville.
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Semper Fi, Rest in Peace.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to


for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain front line on D-plus-1 Day, Private First Class Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a hostile patrol which savagely attacked with rifle fire and grenades. Quick to act when the lives of the small group were endangered by two grenades which landed directly in front of them, Private First Class Lucas unhesitatingly hurled himself over his comrades upon one grenade and pulled the other one under him, absorbing the whole blasting force of the explosions in his own body in order to shield his companions from the concussion and murderous flying fragments. By his inspiring action and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice, he not only protected his comrades from certain injury or possible death, but also enabled them to rout the Japanese patrol and continue the advance. His exceptionally courageous initiative and loyalty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Lucas and the United States Naval Service.

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A sad loss but a man to celebrate also! BZ to him!

My great uncle lied his age and joined the USN when he was 16. My grandfather and his other older brother were both drafted and he wasnt happy to wait another year. He served on the USS Anthony(DD-515) for most of the war.
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I wonder if his family protested WWII?

Thank God for hero's and heroic families.

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RIP Marine.
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Saw the story on the news yesterday. They said he was 13 when he "signed" up shortly after Pearl Harbor.

I got something in my eye when I heard his story.

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