DDG 125 NAMESAKE
DDG 125 is named for Jacklyn “Jack” H. Lucas (February 14, 1928 – June 5, 2008), the youngest servicemember to be awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II. He earned the United States’ highest military decoration for valor for his actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima. During a close firefight with 11 Japanese soldiers, Lucas saved the lives of three Marines when two enemy grenades landed in the trench they occupied. Lucas unhesitatingly placed himself on one grenade, and without flinching, pulled the second grenade under his body. Read more about this heroic namesake.
Mrs. Ruby Lucas
Ruby Lucas of Hattiesburg is the widow of Jack H. Lucas, the youngest Medal of Honor recipient of World War II.Jack died in 2008, but Ruby continues to talk about the man who spent his life as the ultimate Marine and the ultimate American. “It really is important to me and so many other people that loved Jack,” she said. “He was a great man with a great story. There are so many people all over the United States that loved Jack so much. I’d like to keep him going, even though he’s not here.”
CATHERINE B. REYNOLDS
Catherine B. Reynolds is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. She brings to the world of philanthropy the same innovation, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit that has ensured her success in the realm of commerce.Catherine, born Catherine Brescia, grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, to a Navy family. From there she ascended to the higher echelons of success and philanthropy. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, she started her business career as a CPA at the accounting firm of Arthur Young and then became the Special Assistant to the Board Chairman of The Charter Company, a Fortune 500 company at the time.