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Ennis hero honored on Memorial Day

Ennis’ own Jack Lummus, the heroic Marine lieutenant lost in World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima, was among 17 other Texas soldiers honored on Memorial Day near Houston.

”I thought it was a great tribute," said Lummus’ nephew, Pete Lummus, who attended The Woodlands, Tx unveiling of a monument struck in tribute to Texas-born Medal of Honor recipients. "I was 11 years old when he was killed. I was very proud of him."

1st Lt. Lummus, a native of Ennis who went on to become a star player for the New York Giants, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage as a rifle platoon leader during combat with Japanese forces on the volcanic island of Iwo Jima. Lummus, killed by a land mine on March 8, 1945, was attached to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division. On Memorial Day 1946, representatives of the Marines, the Congress and the Truman administration visited Ennis to present the Congressional Medal of Honor to Lummus’ mother at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

The Texas Marines Medal of Honor monument, said to be the only one of its kind, was unveiled before a crowd of Marines and military supporters Monday. Constructed of black granite and bronze, the statue is decorated with the U.S. Marine emblem (an eagle, a globe and an anchor).

The Texas recipients of the Medal of Honor, whose names are inscribed in gold on the monument, include:

World War II
Staff Sgt. William James Bordelon, 22
Pfc. Charles Howard Roan, 21
1st Lt. Jack Lummus, 29
Sgt. William George Harrell, 22
1st Lt. William Deane Hawkins, 29

Korean War
1st Lt. Frank Nicias Mitchell, 29
Staff Sgt. Ambrosio Guillen, 23
Pfc. Whitt Lloyd Moreland, 21
2nd Lt. George Herman O’Brien Jr., 26
Hospitalman John Edward Kilmer, 21

Vietnam War
Pfc. Alfred Mac Wilson, 21
Lance Cpl. Thomas Elbert Creek, 18
Sgt. Alfredo (Freddy) Gonzalez, 21
Lance Cpl. Richard Allen Anderson, 21
Pfc. Oscar Palmer Austin, 21
2nd Lt. Terrence Collinson Graves, 22
Lance Cpl. Miguel Keith, 18

Lummus is remembered in his hometown with a memorial park on the grounds of the Ennis Chamber of Commerce, a plaque at Myrtle Cemetery, struck by the Texas Historical Association, a flagpole at his gravesite there, and with a photographic exhibition at the Ennis Public Library. For more information on Lummus visit www.jacklummus.com.

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