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Date published: 10/4/2012

Lawrence 'Reggie' Lucas

Lawrence Reginald "Reggie" Lucas, 89, died during the early morning hours on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Mr. Lucas was the grandson of the Rev. Cornelius S. Lucas, slave and "manservant" to Major Pollock during the Confederate War. For his service to Major Pollock, the Rev. Lucas received a pension from the Confederate Army and a certificate of appreciation for a job well done from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The Rev. Lucas' picture hangs on the Wall of Honor in the Fredericksburg Courthouse.

The Rev. Lucas was his grandson's role model, and Mr. Lucas dedicated his life to service. After his graduation from Walker-Grant High School, and one semester at Virginia State College (now University), Reggie, as he had been know all his life in the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County area, was one of the first blacks permitted to join the segregated U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. He trained at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., and served during World War II and the Korean War.

Mr. Lucas was a proud lifetime member of the Montford Point Marine Association. He had affiliations with both Washington, D.C., Chapter 6 and Quantico Chapter 32. For his service to our country as an original Montford Point Marine, Mr. Lucas was presented the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian recognition awarded by the U.S. government, on June 27, 2012.

As a civilian employee at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Mr. Lucas supported the Marines as a supply manager. One of his more interesting responsibilities was measuring and providing newly enlisted Marines with their first dress uniforms. Years later, and until his retirement from Quantico, he was responsible for the final supply and transportation inspection of Marine One (HMX1), the presidential helicopter.

Locally, many people knew Reggie for his skills as a barber, which he loved and saw as a skill to supplement an honest living and as an opportunity to socialize. His favorite time of year was fall, back-to-school time, when he looked forward to sending many children off to school with clean haircuts. He was also an expert at cutting "the bob" for ladies. As long as he was healthy and able, Reggie spent his Saturday mornings providing free haircuts and shaves to those sick and shut in.

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