A young lad with a will of iron and spine of steel distinguishing himself not only on Iwo Jima but in the years leading to that fight and during the decades that followed.
May the love for his country and for his fellow Marines never be forgotten.
Bravo Zulu from a Cold War veteran.
JACK LUCAS WAS A GREAT FRIEND OF MINE. I WAS SORRY I COULD NOT ATTEND THE FUNERAL. I MET HIM AT THE READING PA. WW2 AIRSHOW. I TALKED HIM INTO COMING TO THE SHOW OF SHOWS IN LOUISVILLE KY. HE CAME TO THE SHOW TWO YEARS IN A ROW. HE WAS A GREAT GUY.HIS MEDAL OF HONOR NEEDED REPAIR AT THE SHOW.I TOOK IT TO TOM KOENIG HE REPAIRED IT. I HAD THE GREAT HONOR OF FASTENING THE MEDAL AROUND HIS NECK AT THE SHOW. RUBY WAS A GREAT WIFE TO JACK .SHE WAS PERFECT FOR HIM. HE HAD A GREAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HE CALLED ME BROTHER AND I LOVED HIM LIKE ONE. I MISS HIM VERY MUCH. REST IN PEACE DEAR FRIEND. LARRY EADS, O.V.M.S. 1ST. VICE PRESIDENT IN CHARGE OF INVITING VETERANS TO THE SHOW OF SHOWS.
RIP JACK. I JUST FINISHED READING YOUR BOOK, INDESTRUCTIBLE. EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT.
WINSTON SALEM, N.C.
Jack, You was the best friend I ever had as an adult. It's Christmas Eve 2010 and with tears in my eyes, I am missing you. Rest In Peace My Brother. I am still checking on Ruby for you just like I promised. Semper Fi Sir.
I grew up very impressed by Audie Murphy's WWII record (most decorated). I cannot imagine why I never saw or heard of Jack Lucas. He and Audie should have been best friends, and the rest of us should have been given the opportunity to know such a great and brave man! I extend my sympathy to his family and my thanks to Mr. Lucas.
Thank you for your service - may you rest in peace and God bless your family. We can never thank you enough!
You go with the Peace and Love of every American who understands.
Mr. Lucas: Your love of country before self is not often seen these days. Your courage and dignity shall always be remembered. Semper Fi - God Bless America - Capt. Dan McNeil
Mr. Lucas you are a True American Hero.
Mr. Lucas: You are now and will forever be an American hero. I salute you sir. Rest in peace now.
Jimmie R. Hoda
USAF Ret. Kiln, Ms
Thank you for your service. As I write this I am saddened that we have lost such a Great American. You are a true inspiration. Your actions and character will forever remind me of why we live in the Greatest Country on Earth!
Semper Fi Mr. Lucas,
Thank you for your service to Country and Corps!! Welcome Home Marine, your battle is over!!
Honor, Courage, Commitment.
Not just words. They were his life. His story will never die. Marines like Mr. Lucas are why the Corps will never die.
Semper Fi. God Bless.
I am very thankful for Mr. Lucas' service to our country. He has set an example for generations to come. If not for brave, honorable soldiers willing to defend our rights and freedom, our country would not be the great nation that it is today.
You have left your family with Honor,and helped leave us with freedom.
Donny Watts MSARNG (Ret)
Thanks for giving us freedom! I wish to God there were men like you today. Enjoy Heaven and thanks for you did.
Jack was my father's (Butch Smith's) best friend, I had the pleasure of meeting him last year and what a
man. I can see why my father loved him so much. Don't be sad dad, he is smiling at you right now! He knows you loved him.
Thank you for your service.
Peace be with you.
You will always Rest in Peace and Honored Glory!!!! God's Speed Marine!!!!
God Bless... Never met him but so much like my father, he also pass on. I know they will meet. My father was in the Air Force for 30 years. they were so much alike.I know Mr Lucas was a great man need more like him. once again God Bless.
We need more GREAT AMERICAN'S like Mr. Lucas. He is a wonderful example of what it means to be not only a PROUD AMERICAN but a REAL MAN ready to step up to the plate and get the job done.
The Family of Mr. Lucas must be very proud to say this man is MY DAD, HUSBAND and LOVE ONE.
You all are truly blessed to have such a fine human being as part of your family tree.
GOD BE WITH YOU ALL,
Jack,I am going to miss you and our visits ,you were my hero.
Thank You Brother Lucas for Your Service.
Mr Jack I did not know you but I wish I could have shook you hand. You served your Country with pride. God bless.
Living next to you and your mom when I was a child, I never knew what your deeds meant to us. Funny how life has changed since then. If not for you, we all could be in a lot worse shape today. God speed to you Jack. You have served us more than we could ever ask for. Now go serve your Maker. I know he will be proud as you stand guard his Throne. You and your family will be in my prayers.
What a wonderful man, what an amazing legacy he left behind. May God Bless the Lucas family during this difficult time.
In recognition of Jack Lucas' Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the Tri-Cities Tennessee, Detachment Number 969 of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.
Junior Vice Commandant
MCL Detachment #969
You are the ultimate definition of a hero. Thank you for fighting for this great country. Soldiers like you give us the freedoms we enjoy today. God Bless you and your family.
Uncle Jack, I am going to miss you. Every Christmas I would receive your Christmas cards. I enjoyed your emails and phone calls. I put off visiting you at this illness, hoping you would get better. Guess it was just my wish for you. God loaned you to us for a long time. Not as long as we wanted, but I am a better person for having you as a friend. Mrs. Ruby, thanks for calling keeping me updated. Rest and count your blessings. You gave Uncle Jack the greatest gift, your love. God has a angel in heaven, standing guard watching out for us.
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Lucas a few years ago and I was truly inspired by him. What a great man with a great story. He was a real American Hero. My prayers are with you Ms. Ruby.
What a great American. He will forever be a part of the fabric of this great country he so bravely served. Go on Marine, God speed.
Thank you Mr. Lucas. You are a true American hero.
Thank You Mr. Lucas for your service to our great nation. You will not be forgotten!
My sympathy & prayers go out to Mr. Lucas' family.
My Dad, a fellow Marine & Iwo Jima veteran, passed away earlier this week. He greatly enjoyed meeting Mr. Lucas at the christening of the U.S.S. Iwo Jima in Pascagoula a few years ago.
The "Greatest Generation" truly was.
Thank you doesn't seem like enough
Mr. Lucas, what else can be said but thank you. You were an inspiration to all that met you. Living in Hattiesburg while going to USM, I often heard stories about you and your service. Thank you for doing your part to show my generation the true meaning of "no greater love hath a man than to lay down his life for his brothers"
God Bless you Jack and your Family here and you in peaceful place with thy maker.
Mrs. Lucas, our sympathy to you and your family. He made us proud to be Americans.
I’m sorry to read that Medal of Honor winner Jack Lucas passed on to his reward. Now God has one more fine marine to stand guard over the streets of gold in heaven.
U.S. Armed Forces Retired and
Captain John R. Moore
Louisiana National Guard
A Soldier's Prayer...
The soldier stood and faced his God Which must always come to pass...
He hoped his shoes were shining Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and Said,"No, Lord, I guess I ain't...
Because those of us who carry guns Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent, Because the streets are awfully tough.
But, I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place Among the people here...
They never wanted me around Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was a silence all around the throne Where the saints had often trod...
As the soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God,
"Step forward now you soldier,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."
God Bless you Jack for your service and my family's freedom. Our prayers are with you and your family.
What a man and what a story. They truly were 'The Greatest Generation'.
CH(LTC) George W. Rogers Sr.
I was truly touched by the life story of Jack Lucas. He was a true American Hero. God Bless your family during this time of sorrow.
God Bless Him and his Family. Semper Fi Jack. Remember Old Marines never die they just go to heaven to re-group.
thank you for serving our country for our freedom.you served us well may my condolences go to your family.now you can rest in peace.you will be remembered highly for the services to this country.many thanks
Thank you Mr. Lucas for helping to give us freedom. My deepest sympathy to your family and friends.
May God bless you and our great nation.
May Jack rest in peace and his family know that he is looking down on each of them. I never met him but from what I have read in the newspaper he was a true American hero that was selfless.
Jack: Thanks very much for your service to our great country. God bless and comfort your family and friends.
Thanks to Jack and his fellow Marines, I live in a free America. May he rest now.
My deepest sympathies to the Lucas family. I was not fortunate to meet Mr Lucas; but, his selfless acts in battle show him to be a great man and a true AMERICAN HERO! My father was a Marine and has passed on; but, in his memory I say, "Semper Fi, Marine ... Semper Fi"
To the Family of Mr. Jack Lucas, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
I met Mr. Jack on several occasions thru the Mississippi Purple Heart Association. The most memorable was when he participated in the dedication ceremonies for the monument in Biloxi, MS that my dad and family donated to the Mississippi Purple Heart Association.
His picture now appears on that monument along with many of the other veterans who were wounded or killed in combat, fighting to protect their families and country.
I will alway remember him as a true Patriot. It is because of women and men like him, both past and present, who made the sacrifice to serve our country in it's times of need, that we are able to enjoy the freedoms with which this great country is blessed. All gave some, some gave all. God Bless you Mr. Jack and thank you.
Thank you for serving our country and defending her in all her glory. In time of battle American would take men like you to battle, defend and honor our fight. Thank you sir.
Jack, I will always remember when we were roommates at Edwards Military Institute that Sunday afternoon, December 7, 1941 when we learned we had been attacked at Pearl Harbor. Your first reaction was that you were going to join the US Marines! I knew then that we were going to win the War. I know that you will win them over in heaven too.
Semper Fi Brother. I didn't know you. You were one hell of a man.
GySgt USMC RETD
Weeki Wachee, Fl
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!! Mr. Lucas must have been quite a character!! He is a true hero!
Semper Fi Jack. You are a real Marine. You reflect the true values of the Corps.
Well done, Marine!!
Rest now, my friend.
You've earned it.
This man is the epitome of a "Great American". He thought of our country and preserving our rights before thinking of himself.
Like many of his generation, Jack Lucas was a hero in the truest sense of the word. In the words of President Ronald Reagan - "Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died."
Another member of our "Greatest Generation" lost. God bles you Sir, for the lives you saved and let come to pass.
Jack Lucas, like so many other brave men and women we have lost on the battlefield and along the way since the World War II, stand as a true testament to the bravery and selflessness of a generation that paved the way for those generations to come. I only hope that subsequent generations continue to honor them for not only their courage, but also to remember the ideals and principles they fought for and died for in order to protect this nation. I for one thank you and will never forget. May God bless you and yours.
Mr. Lucas, I wish I had the chance to meet you, so that I could shake your hand and tell you personally how much I respect you and how much I thank you for what you went through so that I could be where I am today. Thank you and God Bless!!
God bless you Mr. Lucas and thank you for the service you did our country throughout your lifetime.
Well done Sir, Well done! God Speed.
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
God bless you, sir. Thank you for your service to our country. You are a great patriot. Semper Fi.
Thank you Jack Lucas and thank God for men like you. Hero is such and overused word. But Jack Lucas is a true American Hero.
Mr. Lucas was and will continue to be an example for many Americans. He lived the life of sacrifice for what is good and right.
Our thoughts and prayers will be the family as they go through this time of grief.
A final salute to a fallen soldier who has given much to protect my freedoms and those of my children and my grandchild.
God Bless you Jack! You were an amazing American Hero. It was a pleasure and an honor to meet you in October 2007 at my brother's Shrimp boil in Hattiesburg, MS. Our prayers are with you Ruby.
Jack Lucas was an inspiration to all and will be dearly missed.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.WHAT A MAN HE WAS AND AN INSPIRATION TO GENERATIONS TO COME.HIS STORY BROUGHT TEARS TO MY HEART.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Jack was a true Amercian Hero. It took a brave and selfless man to do what he did. This country definately need more men like Jack. Rest in Peace--God only takes the best.
I am so proud of you and what you and your brothers in uniform have done for this country. My father and all of his 5 brothers were WW2 veterans and have all gone ahead of you.
God bless. Rest is peace in his eternal kingdom. Thank you for what you have done for this country.