Jack Lucas was a US marine who was granted the Medal of Honor for his immense bravery during the Iwo Jima campaign. Acting really heroically, Lucas pulled two live grenades under his body thus saving the lives of his comrades. Unfortunately, one of the grenades exploded and the North Carolina-born marine had to take the whole blast with his body. Even though he had severe injuries, Lucas not only survived but he also became the youngest ever man to be presented with the greatest military honor. At a White House ceremony, held on October 5, 1945, Lucas received his medal from President Harry Truman himself.
However, that was not the only time Lucas managed to cheat death. In 1961 he joined the airborne division wanting to overcome his fear of heights. During one of his training jumps both of his parachutes didn’t open but Lucas survived nevertheless.
During the last years of his life Lucas was suffering from leukemia. He passed away at the age of 80 surrounded by family and friends.