WWII hero to speak at Millsaps College


Jack Lucas, World War II hero and author of the war memoir, Indestructible: The Unforgettable Story of a Marine Hero at the Battle of Iwo Jima, will speak at Millsaps College as part of the Arts and Lecture Series.


The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Ford Academic Complex recital hall.


Lucas’ story is one of self-sacrifice and bravery. At the age of 14, he pretended to be three years older in order to join the Marines; he later went AWOL to join the action in the Pacific after his true age was discovered. At Iwo Jima, two grenades landed between him and three other Marines. Lucas jumped on both grenades to save his friends, and he himself barely survived. At 17, Lucas received the Congressional Medal of Honor.


The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal calls Indestructible “a memoir that stands out for its unabashed frankness,” and Semper Fi says, “Lucas’ love for the Corps and his country guides the reader through this engaging tale.”


Admission is free for anyone who has served or is currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. General admission is $10, $5 for students with ID and free for Millsaps students with ID. Group rates are available, and season tickets can be purchased at the door. For directions, tickets or more information, please contact Luran Buchanan at 601-974-1043 or buchall@millsaps.edu.


Three more events will round out the 2006-2007 Arts and Lecture Series at Millsaps: Doug Brinkley The Great Deluge (Feb. 15,), musical quintet QuinTango (March 29) and A Tribute to Ellen Douglas (TBA).