In 1945, Jack Lucas was in a trench on Iwo Jima when eight Japanese soldiers attacked him and three fellow Marines. One grenade then another landed in the black volcanic sand at his feet. Jack shouted a warning and acted without hesitation. He sprawled on top of the first grenade while grabbing the second and pulling it under his body. A moment later, a deafening explosion tore through the trench.
Jack was willing to give his life for his fellow Marines. Ears ringing and covered in dust, the three remaining Americans left Jack’s body and mounted a vicious counterattack on the Japanese position. After the war President Harry S. Truman would award Private First Class Jack Lucas the Medal of Honor for “his inspiring action and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice.”
But that is not the most amazing part of the story.
1. “Great Depression History,” History.com.
2. Mark J. Perry, “Chart of the Day (Century?): Price Changes 1997 to 2017,” AEI.org, 2 February 2017.
3. Taken from a squadron survey conducted at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Washington, Spring 2018.
4. Amanda Weinstein, “When More Women Join the Workforce, Wages Rise—Including for Men,” Harvard Business Review, 31 January 2018, https://hbr.org/2018/01/when-more-women-join-the-workforce-wages-rise-including-for-men.
5. Patrick Smith and Hayley Walker, “Marine Recruit and other Colorado STEM School Students Helped Disarm Gunman,” NBC News, 8 May 2019, www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/colorado-stem-school-student-brendan-bialy-helped-disarm-gunman-n1003181.
6. Ben Kesslen, “Family of Slain UNC Charlotte Student: We’re ‘Beyond Proud’ of His Actions,” NBC News, 2 May 2019, https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/riley-howell-slain-unc-charlotte-student-who-helped-stop-killer-n1001036.
7. James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima (New York: Delacorte Press, 2001).