Jack Lucas Award

Mr. Jack LucasEach spring, the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society grants the Jack Lucas Award to the best undergraduate research paper on a war and society topic.  The award pays tribute to the memory of Jack Lucas (1918-2008), a longtime Hattiesburg resident and the youngest Marine to win the Medal of Honor.  At the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, Mr. Lucas threw himself on two grenades to protect his fellow Marines.  He survived severe injuries and was later honored at the White House by President Harry Truman. Mr. Lucas was an active member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of War & Society until he passed away in 2008. 

The prize is made possible by the generous support of Dr. Richard McCarthy and Dr. Craig Howard.   

To view the flyer for the 2014 contest, click here.


2012-2013 Winner: 

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2012-2013 Jack Lucas Award for the best undergraduate essay on a War & Society topic has been awarded to Ms. Anna Todd for her paper entitled "Lost in the Wilderness: Ministerial Authority and the Literature of King Philip's War."'  The committee received a large number of entries this year and many were particularly strong.  Ms. Todd was presented with the award at the May War & Society Roundtable.  She graduated on May 10th, 2013 and is moving on to study for her Master's degree in colonial History at the University of Connecticut.  We are very proud of Anna's dedication, hard work, and excellent scholarship.


Past Winners of the Jack Lucas Award:

  • 2011-2012– Stacie Watts, “Morale: The Soviet Weapon in the Battle of Stalingrad”
  • 2010-2011 – Kendon Levett, “From Ardent Tories to Resigned Subjects: The Transformation of New York Loyalists during the American Revolution”
  • 2009-2010 - Patrick Lofton, “Word War: The Efforts and Perceptions of Success of British Black Propaganda in the Second World War”

      Lucas Award Winner Anna Todd with Dr. Heather Stur, May 2013                    October 5, 1945 PFC Jack Lucas is awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry