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)
A&M Names Halls After South Texas Heroes of WWII
Two South Texans who won the Medal of Honor during World War III have been honored
at Texas A&M University by having dormitories named after them. They are Air Force
2nd Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes of Corpus Christi and Marine Sgt. William G. Harrell of
Mercedes, both former students of A&M.
A&M President Earl Rudder said the action was taken in response to a student
request that all dormitories be named rather than numbered. Six of the dormitories
were renamed as a salute to former students who won the Medal of Honor during World
Hughes was born in Alexandria, La. He entered the service at Corpus Christi and
died winning his medal Aug. 1, 1943, in the air raid on the Ploesti oil fields in
Hughes was graduated from Refugio High School and moved here. He attended A&M
and Del Mar College, where he played basketball in 1941. He entered the service
about 18 months before his death. Hughes piloted his bomber, badly damaged by anti-aircraft
fire and leaking gasoline, directly over the burning oil fields, hit the target
and then crashed in flames.
Harrell won his medal March 3, 1945, in Iwo Jima, by defending a command post
in hand-to-hand combat. He lost both hands but managed to hold the post and kill
five Japanese. He died in 1964.
Source: Personal papers. Newspaper article from
Section B of the Corpus Christi Caller, Corpus
Christi, Nueces County, Texas, USA, dated Wednesday, July 24, 1968.
January 13, 2002