Jack Lummus Book Reception Set for March 25

March 20, 1997

by Colin M. Witt

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University will host a reception at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Baines-Fentress Room, located in the Bill Daniel Student Center, to introduce a book recently published about Jack Lummus, one of two Baylor alumni who have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The reception is free and open to the public.

The book's author, Mary Hartman, will give an introduction to her work and sign copies of her book. Hartman and Lummus had planned to marry upon his return from World War II, but Lummus was killed in action in 1945 during the invasion of Iwo Jima.

Hartman's book examines Lummus' life, as a football and baseball star at Ennis High School, Baylor and in the professional ranks, before he joined the Marines with the outbreak of World War II. Lummus was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously after performing heroic acts during the Iwo Jima invasion.

Lummus and Jack "Killer" Kane, both former Baylor athletes, are the only two Baylor alumni to receive the Medal of Honor. Lummus' Medal of Honor is on display at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco.

Hartman, of Cheyenne, Wyo., is a veteran newspaper and radio journalist and has authored several books and articles, including a short story version of Texas Granite which appeared in Naval History Magazine.

Texas Granite, published by Hendrick-Long Publishing Company of Dallas, contains information Hartman gathered about Lummus from more than 300 friends and family who knew Lummus as a sports hero or a Marine.

For more information, contact Laura Mulry at (214) 520-3666 or Hendrick-Long Publishing at (214) 358-4677.

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