• by Jack Lucas, D.K. Drum
  • Narrated by Lloyd James
  • 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the height of the Battle of Iwo Jima, during a U.S. assault on a vital airfield on the day after the island invasion began, Jack Lucas and three other Marines were attacking a Japanese pillbox when two enemy grenades landed in their midst. Private Lucas jumped on both of them, driving them into the volcanic ash. Then they exploded. Thus did a 17-year-old from North Carolina become the youngest soldier in the twentieth century, and the youngest Marine in history, to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Today, when Jack Lucas speaks, crowds gather to honor him and pay tribute to Marine heritage and pride. Mr. Lucas is as close a thing to a rock star as our World War II generation has.


What the Critics Say

"His re-creation of his part in the battle of Iwo Jima is the highlight of the book." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Poorly written with very little space devoted to the writer's battlefield experiences. The book is esentially a story of his boyhood experiences with boilerplate writing of the main battle which has been in the public domain for decades.
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Jack Lucas the definition of Marine.

Loved reading about the life of this hero Jack Lucas. I could not put this book down, having met Jack this book had more meaning for me. Rest in peace Jack, you will always be in my thoughts, Semper Fi.
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- John OBrien

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.