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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.

SPONSORS

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Mrs. Ruby Lucas

Ship Sponsor

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.”

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CATHERINE B. REYNOLDS

Ship Sponsor

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.

CEREMONY PARTICIPANTS

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Sponsor, Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125)
Catherine B. Reynolds
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Sponsor, Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125)
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CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS
Admiral Micheal Gilday, USN
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PRESIDENT, INGALLS SHIPBUILDING
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, HII
Mrs. Kari Wilkinson
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UNITED STATES SENATOR MISSISSIPPI
The Honorable Roger Wicker
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UNITED STATES SENATOR MISSISSIPPI
The Honorable Roger Wicker
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PERFORMING THE DUTIES OF UNDER SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
The Honorable Meredith Berger
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COMMANDING GENERAL MARINE CORPS RECRUITING COMMAND
Major General Jason Bohm, USMC
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PROGRAM EXECUTIVE OFFICER SHIPS
Rear Admiral Thomas Anderson, USN
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PROSPECTIVE COMMANDING OFFICER 
JACK H LUCAS (DDG 125)
Captain Brett Oster, USN
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SUPERVISOR OF SHIPBUILDING 
GULF COAST
Captain Nathan Schneider, USN
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DDG 51 CLASS PROGRAM MANAGER
PEO SHIPS
Captain Seth Miller, USN
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START OF FABRICATION

MAY 2018

Shipbuilders in Ingalls’ Steel Fabrication Shop, from left, Paul Perry, Donald Morrison, Queena Myles and Paul Bosarge, celebrate Start of Fabrication for Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) on May 7, 2018.
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KEEL AUTHENTICATION

NOVEMBER 2019

Ship Sponsors (left to right) Catherine B. Reynolds and Ruby Lucas trace their initials onto a steel plate that will be welded inside the guided missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125). Looking on is Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who spoke at the ceremony.
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AFT DECKHOUSE LIFT

MAY 2020

Two cranes were used to lift the 320-ton aft deckhouse onto guided missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.
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AEGIS COMBAT SYSTEM LIGHT-OFF

JANUARY 2022

Ingalls Shipbuilding electrician Joe Ditsworth and electrical foreman Lisa Avery initiate light-off of the Aegis Combat System aboard Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) in the ship’s combat information center.
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