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.   






2015 Winner:

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2015 Jack Lucas Award for the best project on a War & Society topic is Mr. Craig Smith for his comparative research on the imperial legacy and its lingering influence of American and French reporting of conflict in the Central African Republic


Past Winners of the Jack Lucas Award:

  • 2014  Justin Baggett, "Nuzi Nazti-ism: The Revision of American Perception bBefore and during the Second World War as seen through Satirical Film."
  • 2013  Anna Leigh Todd, "Lost in the Wilderness: Ministerial Authority and the Literature of King Philip's War."
  • 2012  Stacie Watts, “Morale: The Soviet Weapon in the Battle of Stalingrad”
  • 2011  Joseph Ezell, "A House Divided: How the Confederacy was Riddled with Anti-Confederacy Sentiment."
  • 2010  Kendon Levett, “From Ardent Tories to Resigned Subjects: The Transformation of New York Loyalists during the American Revolution”
  • 2009  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