In 1942 Jacklyn H. Lucas enlisted in the Marine Corps, not an unusual thing to do during World War II, but certainly unusual at the age of 14. A boy who looked much older than his years, Lucas claimed he was 17, forged his mother’s signature, and was inducted into the Corps no questions asked. Jack Lucas underwent Marine Corps training at Parris Island and qualified as a sharpshooter and heavy machine gunner. However after training, Lucas was sent from one menial assignment to the next, first in the lower 48, then at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
By 1945 Lucas was becoming bored with peaceful service, and on January 10th he went AWOL and stowed away on a ship bound for Iwo Jima. Despite going AWOL, Lucas was given a combat assignment and attached to the 5th Marine Division.
Upon hitting the beaches Lucas and his fellow Marines were sprayed with murderous Japanese gunfire. Perhaps the only Marine to invade Iwo Jima unarmed, Lucas immediately picked up a rifle and returned fire. During the battle, it was his squad’s duty to clear out a machine gun nest near a deep ravine. It was then that a grenade landed in the middle of his squad. Without thinking, Lucas leaped upon the grenade, determined to use his body as shield to protect his comrades. Then another grenade landed nearby. Lucas grabbed that grenade as well, and stuffed it under his torso. When the two grenades exploded his body was thrown into the air. Amazingly, Lucas was still alive, though seriously wounded. Covered from head to toe with shrapnel wounds, Lucas was evacuated to a hospital ship. Over the next seven months of recovery, Lucas would undergo 21 surgeries to remove 250 pieces of shrapnel from his body. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions (the youngest Marine to receive the award), as well as the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
After the war, Jack Lucas returned home, resumed his education as a ninth grader, graduated high school, and graduated college with a business degree. He married three times. His marriage with his second wife didn’t go so well, as she hired a hitman to kill him. Fortunately he was able to fend off the attack.
In 1961, he rejoined the military, this time joining the US Army and becoming a paratrooper so that he could “conquer his fear of heights”. During a training jump, his two parachutes failed to open, and he fell 3,500 feet before slamming into the ground. Miraculously, despite screaming to the earth at terminal velocity, Lucas walked away from the accident unscathed. From 1961 to 1965, Lucas served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. When he finally retired he had risen to the rank of captain.
Jack Lucas died of Leukemia in 2008 at the age of 80. His Medal of Honor and citation is currently sealed within the hull of the USS Iwo Jima.
“Last year, I was very disappointed at the World Championships and it ended with tears. But the experience and the failure taught me a lot. So my goal for the free program is to finish the competition with a happy smile.”
No-commentary video of SP above; post-SP interview with Eng subs below.
No-commentary video of Free Skate:
Japanese commentary (parts of FP) + interview with Eng subs:
Thanks to 6277 for the subbed videos with proper credit to Sophie Moroi for her translation, and with her permission too. (I saw videos in Youtube that used Sophie’s translation with no permission, and even worse, with no credit to her whatsoever!)
And I love no-commentary videos… thanks to siberia1982 for the SP and FP ones!
Victory Ceremony: I was watching the competition on live stream and praying so hard during ‘Hope&Legacy’. When he finished his perfect FP, tears just streamed down my face. YOU DID IT, YUZU!!!! Then, after the last skater’s turn, when it was confirmed that Yuzu got the gold, I started crying again. And I could not stop crying throughout the medal ceremony! I was watching it on live stream and I kept wiping my eyes so that I could see clearly! Ahhhhhh……… finally, through all those ups and downs of the past 2+ years, through all the pain and heartache, finally!!! he got the reward that he worked so hard for. You really deserve that gold medal and all the happiness in the world, Yuzuru!!!
Gala exhibition, the beautiful Swan Prince in ‘Notte Stellata’:
(much thanks to respective video uploaders)
What a privilege to know you and to be your fan. Thank you, Yuzu, and CONGRATS!!!!
01-04-2017 @民间艺人金博洋: thank you everyone~ this year at the world championships i finally skated perfectly 😊 today i showed the best of my abilities~ from the low point at skate america - to the world championships, not stopping the hard work through disappointments 😭 i succeeded in standing on the world podium again. firstly, thank you, our country’s leaders 🌹 for believing in me and giving me the chance to compete 😊 letting me stand on this stage~ next, thank you coaches ❤ especially coach fu, the hero behind the scenes every time, accompanying me all the way 😭 with unwavering encouragement and support ❤ thank you mom for accompanying me around the world~ i’ve learned from this year’s lows ❤ and this year’s efforts ❤ letting me know how to strive and fight even more for the olympics [doge] thank you fans for supporting me, not stopping in your encouragement and support 😚 lastly, president Bach of the IOC 👨
🏻your congratulations encouraged me and gave me more confidence →_→ i will keep advancing toward the king [go][go][go][go][go][go]
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Steve’s decorations in the MCU—or rather, the lack of them—and especially about Bucky’s medals, which are nonexistent. I’m writing a fic where there’s some discussion about decorations, valor, and the fact that Bucky was a war hero, trying to make sense of the incoherent hack writing of CACW that has the media identifying the “infamous Winter Soldier” as James Buchanan Barnes, but apparently no one seems to also be talking about the fact that this is Howling Commando James Barnes, Captain America’s best friend James Barnes, decorated war hero James Barnes. (laporcupina has a nice examination of this here.)
The first time we see Steve in his Captain’s uniform, he’s wearing these ribbons and badges
Sigh. He’s so dreamy… There’s a few different posts floating around identifying what those ribbons and badges are, but the most important is that he’s wearing the ribbons for only two medals: one is the purple heart with an oak leaf cluster, which signifies that he was wounded in action at least twice (once for the original medal, the oak leaves for another award). That one’s interesting because we don’t see him get wounded, really, in the First Avenger; it could mean, though, that the multiple purple hearts were for meritorious service because they were given for that at that time. He’s also wearing an American Service Defense Medal ribbon, which confuses me, because in the MCU he shouldn’t wear it: they were given for active service from 1939–1941, so he wouldn’t have had this. (In the comics, yes, but not the movies.) I chalk this up to Marvel’s notoriously terrible props department, the folks who gave us a museum display with two different birthdates for Bucky on the SAME DISPLAY, and use quotation marks and apostrophes for feet and inches, when no self-respecting museum would do that. (Those are the tip of the props issues iceberg but my personal pet peeves.)
Now, this shot is presumably in the scene where he blows off Senator Brandt in London, where he’s supposed to receive a “Medal for Valour” which is never specified. And it’s irritating because: which was it? Was it the Medal of Honor, the highest award you can earn? Or was it the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award for valor? It could even be the Silver Star, although I feel like that’s unlikely because single-handedly rescuing 400-plus men from a heavily guarded prison camp is a lot more than Silver Star-worthy. My feeling is that it was the DSC, maybe because they figured they’d save the MoH for later since he’d probably be raking in medals as he won the war. I can buy him not wearing it right then since the ceremony just happened, but…it’s a stretch.
Then immediately after, we see Steve with the men who will become the Howlies, and no one has any decorations on their uniforms/they’re not in full uniform…and then there’s Bucky. He has no decorations even when we see him in the service uniform at the start of CATFA, and he’s certainly not wearing any in the pub.
-He told Boyang, “Tian Tian, jia you!” (天天，加油) Tian Tian is Boyang’s nickname (Chinese fans call him that) and “jia you” is like ‘ganbatte’ in Chinese. Boyang was so amused, haha! (he also said ‘jia you’ to Boyang at NHK Trophy 2015.) :))))