Lucas, Jacklyn Harold, CPT

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Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1961-1964, 1542, 187th Infantry Brigade
Service Years
1961 - 1965



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Home State
North Carolina
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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSG William David (Wild Bill) to remember Lucas, Jacklyn Harold (Captain BamBam )(MOH), CPT.

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Last Address
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Date of Passing
Jun 05, 2008
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Last Known Activity
Retired, but traveled country wide as invited guest speaker, attending many events honoring veterans. Also, attended many Masonic meetings and MEDAL OF HONOR events.

Other Comments:
Captain, US Army Airborne 1961-1965 he authored a book "INDESTRUCTIBLE" story of his life, published  June of 2006. It may be obtained from or email Mrs. Ruby Lucas.

Miss Ruby Lucas, Jack's widow's email address:


The President of the United States
takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to


for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain front line on D-plus-1 Day, Private First Class Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a hostile patrol which savagely attacked with rifle fire and grenades. Quick to act when the lives of the small group were endangered by two grenades which landed directly in front of them, Private First Class Lucas unhesitatingly hurled himself over his comrades upon one grenade and pulled the other one under him, absorbing the whole blasting force of the explosions in his own body in order to shield his companions from the concussion and murderous flying fragments. By his inspiring action and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice, he not only protected his comrades from certain injury or possible death, but also enabled them to rout the Japanese patrol and continue the advance. His exceptionally courageous initiative and loyalty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Lucas and the United States Naval Service.

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 Unit Assignments
US Marine CorpsInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GABasic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School187th Infantry Brigade
  1942-1945, US Marine Corps
  1961-1961, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1961-1961, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1961-1964, 1542, 187th Infantry Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Colleges Attended 
Duke UniversityHigh Point University
  1949-1951, Duke University
  1954-1956, High Point University
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