The Early Years
(12 Jul 1921 -
27 Jan 1942)
Army Air Forces
(28 Jan 1942 -
1 Aug 1943)
(2 Aug 1943 -
31 Jul 2006)
(1 Aug 2006 -
Official MOH Citations:
US Air Force
Medal of Honor Society
2nd Lt. Lloyd Herbert "Pete"
(12 Jul 1921 - 1 Aug 1943)
Date Set for Awarding Hughes’ Medal of Honor - Late Corpus Christi
Man’s Wife to Receive Token Tuesday
The Medal of Honor is to be posthumously awarded to Second Lt. Lloyd H. (Pete)
Hughes, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Jordan, 1113 Sixth Street, who lost his life
Aug. 1, 1943, when he flew a bomber in the Ploesti, Romania oil field raid, in a
ceremony Tuesday afternoon at Kelly Army Air Field, San Antonio.
The medal will be presented the flier’s wife, Mrs.
Hazel Dean Hughes of San Antonio, and the ceremony will be witnessed
by his mother, stepfather, stepbrothers [sic - half brothers],
John, Bill and Paul Jordan; his grandmother, Mrs. S. M. Rainey; and an aunt, Mrs.
A. D. Corgey, all of Corpus Christi. Another stepbrother [sic - half brother] of the late
pilot, James Jordan, is serving overseas with the Army ground forces.
Nine other crew members perished [sic - see below] with Hughes and two were taken
prisoners of war. They have all previously been awarded the Distinguished Service
Cross for their role in the raid.
The Corpus Christian entered the Army as a flying cadet in 1942. He was born
July 12, 1921 at Alexandria, La., and attended Texas A&M College. A citation issued
by the War Department for Hughes reveals his plane’s bomb load was dropped with
great precision, and the craft received several direct hits from both large and
small caliber anti-aircraft guns causing him to crash in a forced landing with his
Pete had four half brothers, i.e., they all had the same mother.
He had no stepbrothers.
There were ten crew members: Six died
in the crash, two died of their wounds within days and two survived to become
prisoners of war.
Pete's wife - Hazel Dean EWING Hughes
Pete's mother -
Mildred Mae RAINEY Hughes Jordan - See
Pete's stepfather - John Raymond JORDAN, Sr
Pete's half brother, John - John Raymond JORDAN, Jr
Pete's half brother, Bill - William Curtis JORDAN
Pete's half brother, Paul - Paul Nelson JORDAN
Pete's grandmother, Mrs. S. M. Rainey - Emily Elizabeth JOSSERAND
Rainey (married Stephen Marion RAINEY)
Pete's aunt, Mrs. A. D. Corgey - Edna Louis RAINEY Corgey (married
Andrew Douglas CORGEY)
Pete's half brother, James - James Marion JORDAN
Pete also received the Purple Heart
Source: Personal papers. Newspaper
article from an unknown source. It is probably from a Corpus Christi newspaper. It is dated Saturday, 15
Apr 1944 and states that the award ceremony would be on Tuesday which would be 18
Apr 1944. Also see newspaper article dated 19 Apr 1944.
January 13, 2002