Each 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 receive 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.
Past Winners of the Jack Lucas Award:
- 2019: Billy Loper, for his paper "Backwoods Mystery: Zion Seminary in War and Memory."
- 2018: Billy Loper, for his paper “The Burning of Zion: The Legend of Zion Seminary and Reverend A.
R. Graves” which unraveled complex memories of the American Civil War in Seminary,
- 2017: Gordon Miller
- 2016: Erin Blackledge, study of American responses to propaganda in the First World War, particularly the
death of nurse Edith Cavall to inspire greater support for allied forces and opposition
to Germany in World War I.
- 2015: Craig Smith, comparative research on the imperial legacy and its lingering influence of American
and French reporting of conflict in the Central African Republic.
- 2014: Justin Baggett, "Nuzi Nazti-ism: The Revision of American Perception before 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
- 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.”
Jack Lucas, receiving the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman on October