AGGIE MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT 2nd LT. LLOYD H. "PETE"
HUGHES ’43 TO BE
HONORED IN A CEREMONY AT THE
SAM HOUSTON SANDERS CORPS OF CADETS CENTER
AT 10 A.M. ON MONDAY, MARCH 30
Representatives of the Hughes family and several members of
389th Bombardment Group to be in attendance
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, March 30.
Lt. 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 receive the Medal of
Honor, posthumously for "...gallant action above and beyond the call of duty."
He lost his life while piloting his B-24 Liberator heavy bomber on a precision
minimum-altitude bombing raid on Axis refineries in Steaua Romana oil refineries
at Campina, Romania, on August 1, 1943.
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 Sam Houston Sanders Corps Center.
During Operation Tidal Wave, the most highly decorated military mission in
U.S. aviation history, 178 B-24s flew 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 February 26, 1944 was
presented to his wife at Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX.