Jack Lucas, a North Carolina native who at 14 lied his way into military service during WWII and became the youngest Marine to receive the Medal of Honor, died on June 5, 2008. Jack was just six days past his 17th birthday in February 1945 when his heroism at Iowa Jima earned him the nation's highest military honor. He used his body two shield three fellow squad members from two grenades, and was nearly killed when one exploded. He told President Truman, when he was awarded the Medal of Honor, that he 'hollowed to my pals to get out and did a Superman dive at the grenades. I wasn't a Superman after I got hit. I let out one helluva scream when that thing went off.' Mr. Lucas was born in Plymouth, NC, twenty some miles from where I spent my teenage years. He died at the age of 80 and was in the hospitable and had been battling cancer for quite some time. In the end, he told his wife and doctor to disconnect the dialysis connections and other life support because he was ready to ship out. What a man.