Marine Corps History: PFC Jack Lucas

Carl | October 3, 2013 

Eager to become a Marine, Private First Class Jack Lucas forged his mother’s signature on a waiver form to enlist at age 14.

While fighting at the Battle of Iwo Jima six days after his 17th birthday, PFC Lucas shielded three fellow Marines from two grenades. Although he survived, the blast embedded more than 250 pieces of shrapnel into his body.

For his actions, Lucas received the Medal of Honor. In an interview minutes before getting the award, Lucas said, “I did a Superman dive at the grenades. I wasn’t a Superman after I got hit.”

Lucas wasn’t Superman—he was a Marine.

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