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Jack Lummus

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 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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Thank you, The Family of Jack Lummus


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