A True American Hero
|On Mikes America, some of us have had a little back and forth on whether liberals or conservatives are more likely to lie.|
Jack Lucas died yesterday. He was 80 years old. But when he was 14, he lied about his age and joined the Marines to fight in World War II.
He became the youngest person to be awarded the Medal of Honor, by President Harry Truman. I am not sure whether he was a liberal or a conservative, but what he did was heroic.
And since I am off to Oaxaca, Mexico for a few days, I'll have more when I return.
Here is the introduction to his story.
Jack Lucas, who forged his mother's signature on an enlistment document so he could join the military at 14 during World War II and who became the youngest Marine to receive the Medal of Honor, has died. He was 80.
Three years after joining the Marines, Lucas was stationed at a supply depot in Hawaii when he stowed away on a ship headed to Iwo Jima because he was afraid he would never see combat, he later recalled.
On Feb. 20, 1945 -- six days after he turned 17 -- Lucas was fighting Japanese soldiers in a trench during the Battle of Iwo Jima when he dived on top of two grenades and pushed them deep into the beach's volcanic ash to shield three other Marines from harm.
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