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USS JACK H. LUCAS (DDG-125)

CLASS - BURKE As Built.

Operational and Building Data
Named by SecNav Sep 17 2016.
Fabrication begun May 7 2018.

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Lucas 121kJacklyn Harold "Jack" Lucas (February 14, 1928 June 5, 2008) was a United States Marine who later reenlisted in the United States Army and reached the Rank of Captain. He was awarded the Medal of Honor at age seventeen for heroism above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Private First Class in the Marine Corps during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. During a close firefight in two trenches between Lucas and three Marines with eleven Japanese soldiers, Lucas saved the lives of the three Marines from two enemy hand grenades that were thrown into and lying in their trench by unhesitatingly placing himself on one grenade, while in the next instant pulling the other grenade under him. The grenade he covered with his body exploded, and wounded him only; the other grenade did not explode. He is the youngest Marine and the youngest serviceman in World War II to be awarded the United States' highest military decoration for valor.Ron Reeves
Lucas 66kShipbuilders in Ingalls' Steel Fabrication Shop, from left, Paul Perry, Donald Morrison and Queena Myles celebrate Start of Fabrication for Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), 07 May 2018. Photo by Shane Scara, HII.Lee Wahler

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