PFC Jack Lucas, USMC, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division


Corporal - USMC
MI.Net Member
Feb 22, 2006
A real hero recently died. Someone that Marines looked up to. His name was Jack Lucas, who at only 14 years of age lied his way into military service during WW II and became the youngest Marine to receive the Medal of Honor. He died on June 5, 2008 in Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Miss. He was 80 years old.

Jacklyn "Jack" Lucas was just six days past his 17th birthday in February 1945 when his heroism at Iwo Jima earned him his country's highest military honor. He used his body to shield three fellow squad members from two grenades and was nearly killed when one exploded. He survived barely. Mr Lucas was left with more than 250 pieces of shrapnel in his body and every major organ, including six pieces in his brain and two in his heart. He underwent 26 surgeries in the following months.

He was the youngest service member to receive the Medal of Honor in any conflict other than the Civil War.

Semper Fi

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