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Viewpoint - Jack Lucas

A few days ago I watched on television as the president posthumously bestowed the Congressional Medal of Honor on a young man who had died while rescuing others in Afghanistan.

It was an inspiring story of gallantry and heroism and a moving ceremony as befits the awarding of this country's highest award for bravery.

While I don't know what the percentage is...I do know that a great many of those who receive this award are not still with us to receive it.

Often they are killed in the heroic act that won them the medal. Jack Lucas, an adopted son of hattiesburg for many years should have been one of them. When he threw himself on a Japanese grenade to spare his comrades during the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II he probably should have died.  But miraculously the 17-year-old marine lived and went on to become the youngest to ever receive the medal of honor.  

He passed away in 2008 after a full life of patriotism and love of the military. State senator Tom King of Petal was the author of a bill that passed the Mississippi legislature naming the stretch of Highway 49 from where it intersects with hardy street all the way to the forrest and stone county line as the jack lucas medal of honor memorial highway.  

Jack Lucas would be proud since he grew to love the people of south Mississippi so much and they in turn embraced him.  

It is another fitting tribute toward a unique and solid individual...Jack Llucas...a truly heroic marine.  

I'm Jim Cameron with today's viewpoint.  

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