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)
Aggie Medal Of Honor Recipient 2nd Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes ’43 To
Be Honored on Mar. 30
Aggie Medal of Honor recipient 2nd Lt. Lloyd H. "Pete" Hughes
’43 will be honored in a ceremony at the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center on the
campus of Texas A&M University at 10 a.m. on Monday, Mar. 30.
Hughes, a former member of the Corps of Cadets—and one of seven
Medal of Honor recipients from Texas A&M—was the first Aggie to be awarded the
Medal of Honor, posthumously for “gallant action above and beyond the call of
duty.” He lost his life while piloting his heavy bomber on a precision
minimum-altitude bombing raid on Axis refineries in Ploesti, Romania, on August
Representatives of the Hughes family and several members of the
389th Bombardment Group will be in attendance as Hughes’ medal will be formally
presented to the Sanders Corps Center.
During Operation Tidal Wave, the most highly decorated military
mission in U.S. history, 179 B-24s took off on an 18-hour, 2,400 mile round trip
mission to destroy the largest of the Nazi-held oil refineries at Ploesti, 30
miles north of Bucharest, Romania. The day would end with five U.S. Air Force
Airmen, including 2nd Lt. Lloyd H. "Pete" Hughes, earning the Medal of Honor for
bravery; three, including Hughes, posthumously. Fifty-four aircraft never
returned. The posthumous Medal of Honor approved on Feb. 26, 1944 was presented
to his wife at Kelly Field, San Antonio.
Aggie Medal Of Honor Recipient 2nd Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes ’43 To Be Honored on Mar.
30 - Corps of Cadets Center,
Texas A&M University, Bryan College Station, Brazos County, Texas, USA - published 25 Mar 2009.
Created: March 31, 2009