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2nd Lt. Lloyd Herbert "Pete" Hughes, Jr.
(12 Jul 1921 - 1 Aug 1943)


Kelly Field 'Gets Jump' On War Bonds

Jumping the gun on the fifth War Loan drive, the San Antonio Air Service command Monday begins a two-month campaign to raise a million and one-half dollars in bonds.

Getting under way eight days ahead of the national war loan drive, which begins June 12, the Kelly field campaign is timed to coincide with pay day, Monday, at the local A. S. C. installation. To facilitate purchase of extra bonds for cash, a unique, high-speed "bond buying bank" will be in operation at the depot from 6 a. m. to 8 p. m. Monday through Wednesday.

Serving a dual function, the "bank" will provide a pay check cashing service to all war workers who purchase extra war bonds for cash. Objective of the drive is the purchase of at least one extra war bond by every civilian employe [sic - employee] at S.A.A.S.C.

HIGH SPEED PLANNED

According to Kelly war bond officials, the war bond bank will be a high-speed operation permitting the cashing of thousands of checks per day and the issuance of a like number of war bonds.

Kelly field's fifth War Loan drive officially got under way Saturday afternoon with a huge rally in the Blitz hangar at the field, attended by thousands of war workers from both the first and second shifts.

COLONEL SPEAKS

Col. Eugene Oberdorfer, executive officer of the San Antonio Air Service command, was chief speaker, urging the employees to "dig deep - buy more than before." He stressed the imminence of Allied invasion and the urgent character of the Fifth War Loan drive, as well as citing the advantages of bond buying in helping avert inflation and building a backlog of purchasing power for the post-war world.

Honor guests at the rally, which featured the music of the Kelly field band, were several wounded veterans from Brooke General hospital, Fort Sam Houston, and Mrs. Hazel Dean Hughes, a S.A.A.S.C. war worker whose husband, Lieut. Lloyd H. Hughes, recently was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.


Source: Newspaper article from Page 6-A of The San Antonio Light (now defunct), San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA, dated Sunday, 4 Jun 1944.

Created: April 08, 2009

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