Jack Lucas, military hero, passes away

A local hero and Medal of Honor recipient has passed away after a lengthy illness.

Jack Lucas, 80, survived both World War II, after using his body to shield his fellow Marines from grenades on Iwo Jima at age 17, and a freefall while an Army paratrooper in the 1960s.

He succumbed this morning to the ravages of chronic lymphocytic leukemia cancer .

Arrangements are being made at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.