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Jack Lummus

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Myrtle Cemetery

Memorial Marker
Texas State Cemetery
(Austin, TX)
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Born:  October 22, 1915 at Ennis, TX

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Texas

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism March 08, 1945 at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands

Died:  March 08, 1945 at the age of 29

After fighting without respite for two days and nights, First Lieutenant Lummus advanced his platoon against an enemy deeply entrenched in a network of supporting positions at Iwo Jima. Suddenly halted by a concentration of hostile fire, he unhesitatingly moved forward of his front lines in an effort to neutralize the position. Knocked to the ground by an enemy grenade, he immediately recovered and, again moving forward despite the intensified barrage, located, attacked, and destroyed the occupied emplacement. Taken under fire by the garrison of a supporting pillbox and assailed by the slashing fury of hostile rifle fire, he fell under the impact of a second enemy grenade but, courageously disregarding painful wounds, continued his heroic one-man assault, annihilating all the occupants. Returning to his position he fearlessly traversed his lines under fire, encouraging his men to advance and directing the fire of supporting tanks. Held up again by a devastating barrage, he moved into the open, rushed a third installation and killed the enemy. He led his men indomitably, personally attacking foxholes and spider traps with his carbine and systematically reducing the fanatic opposition until, stepping on a land mine, he sustained fatal wounds.

 

 

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