Jim G. Lucas

Inducted: 1971

JIM G. LUCAS (1914-1970) became the most honored journalist from Oklahoma by covering three wars “up front” alongside American fighting men. He was the top Marine combat correspondent in the Pacific during World War II. As a Scripps-Howard war correspondent in Korea he won a Pulitzer Prize and the Ernie Pyle award. He covered the Vietnam War longer and more thoroughly than any other reporter, frequently risking his life to get his stories. Born in Checotah, he began his career on the Muskogee Daily Phoenix and achieved statewide fame on the Tulsa Tribune before heading for the battlefields.