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“A riveting story of war and bravery.”
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Posted July 28, 2012
Jack was a really good friend who I'd initially met at one of the READING, PA WW2 Weekends a few years back. A few years later, we were both at a venue in Louisville,Kentucky, and by then we'd known each other for a few years. Jack was there to sign his books, and I was there for my aviation collecting hobby. I'd planned to have Jack as one of my guests at a dinner for many well known veterans I was having at a restaurant in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, on the night of February 27, 2007. Earlier in the day, Jack had his wife find me to bring me to him. I was wondering what was going on, so when we'd reached Jack I gruffly said "HEY! Whaddaya want?", laughing while I said it like that. He smiled and at that point, he made a presentation of giving me a special, personally inscribed copy of his book INDESTRUCTIBLE, telling me it was for what I'd done over the years. I said "What? Jack, what the hell did I do to deserve such an honor from you?" He said "When other people putting on these shows forget that we might need water, to be cooler on those hot summer days when we're in a hanger at a military meet, a bite to eat before or after lunch, things like that, you've always asked us if we needed anything. If so, you've gotten them for us, even if YOU had to pay for certain things yourself." "Don't think I didn't know." "You might have been with Paul Tibbets, Dutch or someone, but you've always looked out for us, all us veteran, that is." Jack said "That to me is worth being recognized for!" I said "C'mon Jack." "You jumped on two hand grenades on IWO!" "THAT'S something to be recognized for, NOT bringing someone some water." He said "Look, you can't compare the different things we do in life to help others." Jack said "What you've done over the years, at least to me, is just as important as anything else someone may do for another." I knew I was going to lose it, so I made an excuse that I had to go to the bathroom so he would see me break down. When I came back, Jack said "I know what you just did, and don't be ashamed." "Don't forget that in life as in combat, there's no need to apologize for your feelings." FYI: A lot of women wanted his "company" after he'd received the Medal of Honor, and I loved it when he'd say "I gave a lot of those women a bit of my lip sugar." I always enjoyed his company, as I did his book. Put the name Jack Lucas MOH (or Medal OF Honor) into U-Tube, and catch some of his interviews. Am I a bit prone to be prejudiced about this book since I knew him? YEP! However, I still think that if your into WW2 history, especially concerning any personal stories about our veterans (Marines) who fought in the USA's island-hopping campaign in the Pacific, this book will knock your socks off!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2011
Posted January 9, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was hard to put down. The journey of Jack Lucas is one not only of a young boy in the Marines, but also of a grown man struggling with life. There were amazing stories and touching moments that make Jack both a hero and a man. Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.