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Vinny
11-10-2011, 08:31 AM
What an incredible story.

Jack Lummus found glory on the gridiron and death on the battlefield. He's one of two NFL players to win the Congressional Medal of Honor and the only one to win it posthumously.*

The circumstances of his death, the brazen heroism, described below, will make you shudder.

Andrew Jackson Lummus Jr. was a native of Ennis, Texas and a baseball and football star at Baylor University. He signed with the N.Y. Football Giants in 1941.

His rookie campaign was one of great promise. Lummus was a two-way end as the Giants won the Eastern Division title before losing to Chicago, 37-9, in the NFL championship game, just two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. A month later, in January 1942, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps.

He would never return to pro football....



...The circumstances of Lummus's death are described graphically in the 1965 book "Iwo Jima" by Richard F. Newcomb.

After twice being knocked over by grenade blasts, the second of which resulted in shoulder wounds, Lummus continued to attack entrenched positions when "suddenly he was at the center of a powerful explosion, obscured by flying rock and dirt. As it cleared, his men saw him rising as if in a hole. A land mine had blown off both his legs that had carried him to football honors at Baylor.

"They watched in horror as he stood on the bloody stumps, calling them on. Several men, crying now, ran to him and, for a moment, talked of shooting him to stop the agony.

"But he was still shouting for them to move out, move out, and the platoon scrambled forward. Their tears turned to rage, they swept an incredible 300 yards over the impossible ground and at nightfall were on the ridge, overlooking the sea.

"There was no question that the dirty, tired men, cursing and crying and fighting, had done it for Jack Lummus." http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/Articles/11_825_Jack_Lummus:_the_NFL's_hero_of_Iwo_Jima.htm l

V Man
11-10-2011, 08:53 AM
Great Read.. Thanks for the post

Texan4Ever
11-10-2011, 09:39 AM
Dayum, that's a real man right there! I remember (and enjoy reading) stories about single men who did amazing things on the battlefield. One store is about a soldier whose entire group is wiped out so he mans the machine guns and mows down the entire Japanese assault group on the island.

infantrycak
11-10-2011, 10:49 AM
Good find Vinny.

Tom Landry is another Texas boy who went to war. Interrupted his education at UT to go fly B-17's. Then also played for the Giants.

IDEXAN
11-10-2011, 12:01 PM
You done good Vinny ! Great Story ! Incredible Story ! What a courageos, selfless, heroic young man.
One of my favorite World War II heroes was actor Jimmy Stewart. The guy was an officer in the Army Air Corpes (the Air Force had officially yet become a seperate branch of the military), who piloted many bombing runs while in Europe. He also volunteered for the combat and then avoided, even shunned the publicity when the war was over . Just 2 more examples of war heros from "the greatest generation", one from the world of pro sports and another from the Hollywood scene.

Vinny
11-10-2011, 12:09 PM
yer welcome, I first saw it and had to share...I thought it was a great story in lieu of the awful Sandusky story that is dominating the news today. Its a sad story but it offers a glimpse of the selflessness in mankind to do what is right and help his brother keep moving on for a greater cause.

infantrycak
11-10-2011, 01:31 PM
yer welcome, I first saw it and had to share...I thought it was a great story in lieu of the awful Sandusky story that is dominating the news today. Its a sad story but it offers a glimpse of the selflessness in mankind to do what is right and help his brother keep moving on for a greater cause.

I am going to be repetitious here but going to do it anyway. I see lots of pissing and moaning about this generation and the decline of American society and yet young Americans are stepping up when there is a virtual certainty of being sent to war such as Texas Asylum's son, Hou-Tex's son, etc. We shouldn't just grade the pants hanging down folks. We should also look at the proud, well raised, young Americans who are answering the call.

There were drafts for WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Not for our last twenty years of war.