RECREATION & FITNESS

Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame

Jack Lummus
Jack Lummus
Class of 2011

NY Giants/United State Marine Corps

Andrew Jackson "Jack" Lummus was born 22 October, 1915 in Ennis, Texas... Baylor University from 1939 to 1941 - All-American in football, and three selections as All-Southwest Conference in baseball... called the best center fielder in the history of Baylor "or anywhere else"... 1941 - drafted as a tight end by the New York Giants, winning the NFL Eastern Division Championship... left NFL to fight in WWII... lead his Marines in the assault on the Island of Iwo Jima... spearheaded an attack on a line of strongly defended enemy positions... Killed in action... First Lieutenant Lummus was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously on 5 May 1946 by President Truman... New York Giants dedicated final game of 1945 regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles to Jack Lummus and teammate Al Blozis.

Andrew Jackson "Jack" Lummus was born 22 October 1915 on the family's cotton farm in Ennis, Texas, the youngest of four children and only son of Laura and Andrew Lummus. Jack excelled in athletics in High School, participating in Football Basketball and Track. He earned All-district honors in his sophomore and junior years. However, before his senior year, Lummus became critically ill with influenza pneumonia. His illness prevented him from attending school his last year at Ennis High. In the summer of 1935, having regained his health, Lummus accepted a two year athletic scholarship to Texas Military College. During those years he earned all-conference honors for Football. Jack's success in athletics earned him scholarship offers from Tulane and Baylor Universities.

He attended Baylor University from 1939 to 1941. While at Baylor, his accomplishments included an honorable mention, All-American in football, and three straight selections as All-Southwest Conference in baseball. His coach remarked to a reporter that Lummus was the best center fielder in the history of Baylor "or anywhere else." In 1941, he was drafted as a tight end by the New York Giants, who later that same season would go on to win the Eastern Division Championship, defeating the Washington Redskins 20 to 13 in the NFL Championship game. Although the Division Championship had been won, there was still one regular season game to play versus rival Brooklyn Dodgers, kick off was scheduled for 2:00pm, 7 December 1941. The Giants lost 21 to 7. News of the Japanese attack was announced during the game and in the locker rooms.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lummus left his professional football career to serve his country, joining the Marine Corps on 30 January 1942. He volunteered for the Marine Raider Company. When the Company was dissolved, Lummus was assigned to the 2nd Bn 27th Mar, 5th MarDiv as an Infantry Officer. First Lieutenant Lummus would serve at Camp Pendleton for two years before being sent overseas with his unit, where he would later lead his Marines in the assault on the Island of Iwo Jima. On 8 March 1945, after fighting for two days and nights, Lummus lead his 3rd Platoon to spearhead an attack on a line of strongly defended enemy positions. After clearing the first pillbox, Lummus advanced on the second. He was knocked to the ground, wounded in the shoulder by shrapnel from an enemy grenade. Lummus returned to the line, and led the advance on a third pillbox. He charged the position, destroyed the enemy and continued to advance. He cleared out one foxhole, and when heading to a second, stepped on a land mine. He attempted to get up, but could not, having lost both legs; Lummus rose up on his arms and ordered his men to go forward. They went on to break through enemy lines and reach their objective. Jack Lummus would die later that same day, after telling Dr. Thomas M. Brown, "Well Doc, the New York Giants lost a mighty good end today." First Lieutenant Lummus was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously on 5 May 1946 by President Harry S. Truman. His mother, Mrs. Laura Lummus, accepted the Medal. She was the widow of Andrew Jackson Lummus, Sr. who died in the line of duty as Assistant Chief of Police ten months prior to 1stLt Lummus' death.

The New York Giants dedicated their final game of the 1945 regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles to Jack Lummus and teammate Al Blozis, who died in the European Theater. A bronze tablet was erected for each man at the Polo Grounds in New York. On 22 February 1986, MV 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS was christened by Lummus' sisters, Thelma Wright and Sue Merritt. Twenty years later, the Navy procured the ship; the USNS 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS currently patrols the Western Pacific.