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

Five San Antonians Hold Nation's Highest Decoration

Five San Antonio men have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest decoration for valor, during World War II.

Col. Neel E. Kearby, who has been missing in action since Mar 5, 1944, was awarded the medal for shooting down six Japanese planes in combat over Wewak, New Guinea, Oct. 1, 1943.

Marine Staff Sgt. William J. Bordelon was cited for his action when the 2nd Marine Division stormed the Japanese-held shores of Tarawa Nov. 20, 1943. He was killed during the fight for the strategic atoll.

Second Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes, airforce pilot, received the Medal posthumously for action during the first important bombing strike against Nazi-held Ploesti oil fields in Rumania.

Lt. Col. Robert G. Cole was decorated for his heroic leadership in France during the fighting immediately following the invasion of the Continent. He later lost his life in Holland.

Sgt. Cleto Rodriguez was awarded the nation's highest award for deeds with his forces advanced into Manila last February.

Complete story on Congressional Medal of Honor winners will be found on page 1-A.

KILLED IN HOLLAND - Lt. Col. Robert  G. Cole, killed in action in Holland, was awarded the nation's hightest honor for leading an attack five days after D-day in France.



FIRST TO RECEIVE MEDAL - Col. Neel E. Kearby, first San Antonian to receive the Congressional medal, has been missing in action since March 5, 1944.

ONLY LIVING MEDAL HOLDER - Sgt. Cleto Rodriguez, only living Congressional Medal holder in San Antonio, was personally decorated by the President for his part in killing 300 Japs in Manila.

MARINE DECORATED - Marine Staff Sgt. William J. Bordelon, who was killed on Tarawa Nov. 20, 1943, was awarded Medal of Honor for his courageous action before death.

BOMBER PILOT IS DECORATED - Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes, B-24 pilot, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for flying his crippled bombers on Ploeste oil fileds in Romania.

PACIFIC ACE - Col. Neel E. Kearby is credited with shooting down 21 Jap planes and received the Medal of Honor for getting six enemy planes over Wewak, New Guinea, Oct. 11, 1943.

HERO AND BRIDE-TO-BE - Miss Flora Muniz, bride-to-be of Sgt. Cleto Rodriguez, adjusts the ribbons and decorations of the Medal of Honor winner. Wedding is set for Sunday, Armistice Day.

LITTLE BROTHER -Robert J. Bordelon, brother of Marine Sgt. William J. Bordelon, looks at a picture of the San Antonio hero.

FAMILY OF MISSING AIR ACE - Mrs. Neel Kearby reads nursery stories to her three children, left to right: John Michael, 4; Kenneth Cochran, 3, and Robert Neel, 6, as they await word from their missing father-hero.


Source: Personal papers. Newspaper article from Page 20 of the San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA, dated Sunday, 11 Nov 1945. First Page.

Created: August 06, 2008

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