According to the Associated Press, Jack Lucas was only 14 years old when he enrolled in the Marines to fight in World War II. (You can review the whole article at the detnews.com). He lied about his age and forged his mom's signature on his enrollment papers. Although I'm not one to support lying, he did so out of his love for his country and - a now quite old fashioned - sense of Patriotism.
Lucas was the youngest winner of the Medal of Honor (now made famous via videogames) when he jumped on 2 grenades in his trench to save the lives of his fellow soldiers during the fierce fighting at Iwo Jima. To get there, he had stowed away in a Navy ship and then revealed himself once in Japan.
This American Patriot just passed away this week.
That a 14 year old today would even contemplate such measures for love of country is hard to contemplate.
Mr. Lucas, rest in peace. May you be an inspiration for the newest generation.
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