Youngest WWII Marine to Get Medal of Honor Dies

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  1. SSGMike.Ivy

    SSGMike.Ivy Senior Member

    Marine Who Got Medal of Honor at 17 for WWII Service Dies at 80

    JACKSON, Miss. — Jack Lucas, who at 14 lied his way into military service during World War II and became the youngest Marine to receive the Medal of Honor, died Thursday in a Hattiesburg, Miss., hospital. He was 80.

    Ponda Lee at Moore Funeral Service said the funeral home was notified that Lucas had died during the pre-dawn hours at Forrest General Hospital. He had been battling cancer. Lee said funeral arrangements were incomplete.

    Lucas was just six days past his 17th birthday in February 1945 when his heroism at Iwo Jima earned him the nation's highest military honor.
     
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  2. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Here are some pictures of the soldier.

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  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  4. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Rough ol' cob, wasn't he?
     
  5. ItemCo16527

    ItemCo16527 Junior Member

    Rest in peace, Mr. Lucas :(
    :eagleglobeanchor:
     
  6. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    That is heroism and he was definitely a hero!

    RIP
     
  7. woodenshoe

    woodenshoe Junior Member

    You are right Slip, definitely a tough guy! RIP
     
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Missed this.
    What a story.
     
  9. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    Yep that's definatley a quality story. A truly brave guy. And a little terror too by the sounds of it. :)
     

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