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|1st Lt. Jack Lummus: He was mortally wounded on March 8, 1945 on Iwo Jima while leading 3rd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division.||Lummus Family: Andrew Jackson Lummus and Laura Francis Warren were united in marriage on October 10, 1906, and reared four children in Ellis County, Texas|
|Skipper Bookwalter: Jack met Skipper on a blind date in Los Angeles in February of 1944. They would have been married had Jack survived combat and war.||New York Giants: The Giants won the Eastern Division of the NFL in 1941, and Jack was a 6'3", 200-pound freshman end on the 33-man squad.|
|Airdale, Dooney and Joe: Best friends, teammates and classmates joined the U.S. Marine Corps on December 1, 1942. They served in the 5th Marine Division, and died on Iwo Jima.||Awarding a Medal of Honor: President Harry S. Truman, on May 5, 1946, sign the Citation posthumously awarding the Medal of Honor to 1st Lt. Jack Lummus.|
|Presenting a Medal of Honor: Rear Admiral J. J. Clark presenting the nation's highest award in the name of the Congress of the United States to Mrs. Laura Francis Lummus.||History of the Navy Medal of Honor: President Abraham Lincoln, on December 21, 1861, signed Senate Bill 82 into law creating the Navy Medal of Honor.|
|Rear Admiral J. J. "Jocko" Clark: He commanded Task group 58.1 in Fast Carrier Task Force 58 in the Pacific, and he was the first Native American to graduate Naval Academy.||Battle of Iwo Jima and Medals of Honor Awarded: President Harry S. Truman signed 27 Citations awarding Medals of Honor to 22 Marine and 5 Navy heroes in the Battle of Iwo Jima.|
|Christening MV 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS: Jack's namesake is christened by cosponsors' Thelma Wright and Sue Merritt.||Ellis County Veterans Memorial: It was dedicated on November 11, 2000, and is inscribed with 291 names of Ellis County heroes who died serving their country in the the 20th Century.|
At the time of his death Jack Lummus was generally known in Texas and areas in the southwest as an outstanding football and baseball player for Baylor University, and as a freshman end for the 1941, Eastern Division Champion, New York Football Giants.
Jack gave up his professional sports career to join the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as a private in Dallas, Texas on January 30, 1942 for the duration of the national emergency. On March 11, 1943 he completed twenty rigorous weeks at Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, Virginia to be an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Jack joined Marine Raiders on June 25, 1943, but the Raiders were dissolved near the end of that year, and Jack was assigned to the newly created 5th Marine Division at Camp Joseph H. Pendleton at Oceanside, California, on January 19, 1944. In February he met Ethlyn "Skipper" Bookwalter on a blind date, while on liberty in Los Angeles. It was a perfect match, and the beginning of a love affair that would have led to marriage had Jack survived combat and war. He had asked his good friend Tony Antonelli to be his best man.
On February 19, 1945 Jack landed on Iwo Jima at 9:01 a.m. in the first wave of assault troops. On March 8 Jack was mortally wounded, and died from his wounds on an operating table in 5th Marine Division Field Hospital near east beach on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands in the Nanpo Shoto.
Lieutenant General Holland M. Smith, the top ranking Marine at Iwo Jima, said, "Iwo Jima was the most savage and the most costly battle in the history of the Marine Corps."
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