Defining a Hero


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                         CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR,  WWII


As  individuals of distinguished courage or ability, duly recognized for valiant service

and  heroic qualities,  they  fearlessly  sacrifice  for  a  higher purpose.    Awarded

posthumouslu to First Lieutenant Jack Lummus for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity,

at the risk of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty...He gallantly gave his life

in the service of his country.  Leader of a Rifle Platoon attached to Company E, 2nd

Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division, he was killed in action against Japanese

forces on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, March 8, 1945, at the age of 29 and the only

son of four children.


Living his dream as a member of the NFL's New York Giants, he had enlisted following

the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor.  In a letter to his mother, Lummus' commanding

officer wrote:


Jack suffered very little for he didn't live long.  I saw Jack soon after he was hit.

With calmness, serenity and complacency, Jack said, 'The New York Giants lost

a good man.' We all lost a good man.


His citation for heroic actions may be viewed  at  the National Medal of Honor Museum

of Military History,  Jack Lummus - MOH.



                                        Congressional Medal of Honor


The highest award for valor in action against an enemy force, bestowed upon anindividual

serving in the Armed Services of the United States.  Awarded to its recipient by the President

in the name of Congress, it is commonly a posthumous medal presented to those who have

distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life and above and beyond the call of duty. 


Created by a Resolution signed into law by President Lincoln on December 21, 1861, the first

Medals of Honor were presented over 150 years ago, March 25, 1863, to soldiers during the

Civil War.  The President, in the name of Congress, has awarded more than 3,400 Medals of

Honor to our nation's bravest Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen since

the decoration's creation.     


          In Profound Gratitude for their Commitment and Sacrifice on our Behalf