14. Jack Lummus
The Battle of Iwo Jima was one of the most savage in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. The tiny island was seen as a vital point to capture and provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese mainland. It lasted for five weeks and was a bloody, brutal affair, with fanatical Japanese soldiers launching suicidal banzai charges throughout the conflict.
One of the most high-profile victims of this battle was former New York Giants star, Jack Lummus. A US Marine, he took out three enemy strongholds with his team, before both of his legs were blown off by a landmine. Finally, the military posthumously awarded him a Medal of Honor. His last words were: “The Giants lost a good End Man.”