Indestructible: The Unforgettable Story of a Marine Hero at the Battle of Iwo Jima

By Jack Lucas with D. K. Drum
Foreword by Senator Bob Dole
Read by Lloyd James

5.38 Hours 04/01/2006 unabridged
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At the height of the Battle of Iwo Jima, the day after the island invasion began, Jack Lucas and three other Marines were attacking a Japanese pillbox when two enemy grenades landed in their midst. Private Lucas jumped on both of them, driving them into the volcanic ash. Then they exploded. Thus did a seventeen-year-old from North Carolina become the youngest soldier in the twentieth century—and the youngest Marine in history—to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Today, when Jack Lucas speaks, crowds gather to honor him and pay tribute to Marine heritage and pride. Mr. Lucas is as close a thing to a rock star as our World War II generation has.

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Summary

Summary

At the height of the Battle of Iwo Jima, the day after the island invasion began, Jack Lucas and three other Marines were attacking a Japanese pillbox when two enemy grenades landed in their midst. Private Lucas jumped on both of them, driving them into the volcanic ash. Then they exploded. Thus did a seventeen-year-old from North Carolina become the youngest soldier in the twentieth century—and the youngest Marine in history—to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Today, when Jack Lucas speaks, crowds gather to honor him and pay tribute to Marine heritage and pride. Mr. Lucas is as close a thing to a rock star as our World War II generation has.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jack did his job well and, like so many who have served their country, I am proud to call him my brother.” Senator Bob Dole
“[An] evocative memoir…his re-creation of…the battle of Iwo Jima is the highlight of the book.” Publishers Weekly
“Like so many other Medal of Honor recipients, [Lucas is] an unassuming sort of man. Like them, too, he has a story worth hearing, if only to remind us of what manner of man is designated by the word hero.” Booklist
“Reading this straightforward narrative is like sitting down with one’s World War II veteran grandfather and hearing his stories. Despite meeting four US presidents and being honored for his heroism, Lucas remains humble. His voice is proud and patriotic, but he also recognizes his own shortcomings and mistakes…This very readable volume would be a good complement to a curriculum on the war.” School Library Journal
“Lucas…tell[s] the story simply, but the simplicity of the language makes Lucas’ story all the more compelling. To travel with Lucas is to see the war and its aftermath as he saw it, and to understand, if only a little, what a man will do and bear for the love of his country.” BookPage
“Jack Lucas’ story is beyond compare…Splendidly written.” Leatherneck
“Indestructible…shares how one tough kid could set his own personal collision course with history…Lucas has a true marine’s gift for the unvarnished version of his story, which includes one incredible scrape after another.” Semper Fi
“One of the most remarkable true stories one is ever likely to read.” WWII History

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Author

Author Bio: Jack Lucas

Jack Lucas served his country in three wars—and received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman—before retiring from the service. He lives in Mississippi.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English