Defining a Hero
FIRST LIEUTENANT JACK LUMMUS, USMC RESERVE
CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR, WWII
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
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