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    [–] Pfc. Jacklyn Harrell "Jack" Lucas - the youngest Marine and the youngest serviceman in World War II to be awarded the United States' highest military decoration for valor. *** colorized by jecinci jecinci 5 points ago in wwiipics

    Pfc Jacklyn Harrell "Jack" Lucas February 14, 1928 – June 5, 2008

    "American Marine in World War II who was awarded the Medal of Honor at the age of 17 years as a private first class in the Marine Corps during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

    During a close firefight in two trenches between Lucas and three Marines with 11 Japanese soldiers, Lucas saved the lives of the other three Marines from two enemy hand grenades that were thrown into their trench by unhesitatingly placing himself on one grenade, while in the next instant pulling the other grenade under him. The grenade he covered with his body exploded, and wounded him severely; the other grenade did not explode. He is the youngest Marine and the youngest serviceman in World War II to be awarded the United States' highest military decoration for valor. He later reenlisted in the United States Army and reached the rank of captain."

    "He was only 14 years old, but had a muscular build, was 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall, and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg), when he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve at Norfolk, Virginia without his mother's consent on August 8, 1942. He gave his age as 17 and forged his mother's name, and was sent to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, for recruit training. During his rifle qualification, he qualified as a sharpshooter."

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    [–] "Adoration of a President-to-Be" - Newly engaged John F. Kennedy & Jacqueline Bouvier - Cape Cod, July 4th 1953 jecinci 867 points ago in ColorizedHistory

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    "One of Peskin’s personal favorites: This photo was taken during that historic July 4th weekend in 1953 in Hyannisport. Jackie Onassis listens to her fiance with noticeable affection in her eyes. Peskin believed this photo captured the innocence and sincerity of her affections for the President-to-be." - hypeskin.com