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Serving as flagship for Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron (MPSRON) 3, USNS 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS is the fourth ship in the 2ND LT JOHN P. BOBO - class of Cargo Ships. The ship carries a full range of Marine Corps cargo, enough cargo to support a Marine Air Ground Task Force for 30 days. Additionally, the 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS has lift-on/lift-off capabilities as well as roll-on/roll-off capabilities. Navy lighterage carried onboard consists of causeways, both powered and unpowered, and small boats to move them around.
The 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS usually participates in at least one major Maritime Prepositioning Force exercise per year. Since 1985, the MV 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS had been under long-term lease to Military Sealift Command from American Overseas Marine. On January 16, 2007, the Military Sealift Command purchased the ship, making her USNS 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS.
The military detachment aboard the LUMMUS consists of 18 people. These are the Commodore, the Chief of Staff Officer, the Engineering Officer, the Operations Officer, the Suppy Officer, 1 Storekeeper, 1 Yeoman, 3 Electrics Technicians, 1 Radioman Chief, and 7 to 8 Radioman or Information Technicians respectively.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: June 1984|
|Christened: February 22, 1986|
|Delivered: March 6, 1986|
|Builder: General Dynamics, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Propulsion system: 2 Stork-Wartsilia Werkspoor 16TM410 diesels; 27,000 hp sustained; 1 shaft, bow thruster; 1,000 hp|
|Length: 672.6 feet (205 meters)|
|Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)|
|Draft: 29.5 feet (9 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 44,330 tons full load|
|Speed: 18 knots|
|Aircraft: helicopter platform only (certified to land up to CH-53E helicopters)|
|Crew: 18 US Navy personnel, 30 civilians and 25 civilian maintenance|
|Homeport: Guam and Saipan|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS 1ST LT JACK LUMMUS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
1st Lt. Jack Lummus, USMCR, born Oct. 22, 1913, in Ennis, Texas, earned a Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his actions on Iwo Jima on March 8, 1945, while assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Leader of a Rifle Platoon, attached to Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-seventh Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, 8 March 1945. Resuming his assault tactics with bold decision after fighting without respite for two days and nights. First Lieutenant Lummus slowly advanced his platoon against an enemy deeply entrenched in a network of mutually supporting positions. Suddenly halted by a terrific concentration of hostile fire, he unhesitatingly moved forward of his front line in an effort to neutralize the Japanese position. Although knocked to the ground when an enemy grenade exploded close by, he immediately recovered himself and, again moving forward despite the intensified barrage, quickly located attacked and destroyed the occupied emplacement. Instantly taken under fire by the garrison of a supporting pillbox and further assailed by the slashing fury of hostile rifle fire, he fell under the impact of a second enemy grenade, but courageously disregarding painful shoulder wounds, staunchly continued his heroic one-man assault and charged the second pillbox annihilating all the occupants. Subsequently returning to his platoon, position, he fearlessly traversed his lines under fire, encouraging his men to advance and directing the fire of supporting tanks against other stubbornly holding Japanese emplacements. Held up again by a devastating barrage, he again moved into the open, rushed a third heavily fortified installation and killed the defending enemy. Determined to crush all resistance, he led his men indomitably, personally, attacking foxholes and spider-traps with his carbine and systematically reducing the fanatic opposition until, stepping on a land mine, he sustained fatal wounds. By his outstanding valor, skilled tactics and tenacious perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, First Lieutenant Lummus had inspired his stouthearted Marines to continue the relentless drive northward, thereby contributing materially to the success of his company's mission. His dauntless leadership and unwavering devotion to duty throughout enhanced and sustained the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
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