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

Proclamation of Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University

Whereas, Lieutenant Lloyd Herbert Hughes, Class of 1943, served the United Lieutenant States of America, Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students with uncommon distinction; and

Whereas, he attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in 1939 and 1941 studying petroleum engineering; and

Whereas, he served during World War II as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army [sic United States Army Air Corps], 564th Bomber Squadron, 389th Bomber Group, 9th Air Force; and

Whereas Lieutenant Hughes was recognized posthumously for his heroic actions in World War II with the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest award for valor, with a citation stating:

"For conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, on 1 August 1943, Hughes served in the capacity of pilot of a heavy bombardment aircraft participating in a long and hazardous minimum-altitude attack against the Axis oil refineries of Ploesti, Rumania, launched from the northern shores of Africa. Flying in the last formation to attack the target, he arrived in the target area after previous flights had thoroughly alerted the enemy defenses. Approaching the target through intense and accurate antiaircraft fire and dense balloon barrages at dangerously low altitude, his airplane received several direct hits from both large and small caliber antiaircraft guns which seriously damaged his aircraft, causing sheets of escaping gasoline to stream from the bomb bay and from the left wing. This damage was inflicted at a time prior to reaching the target when Hughes could have made a forced landing in any of the grain fields readily available at that time. The target area was blazing with burning oil tanks and damaged refinery installations from which flames leaped high above the bombing level of the formation. With full knowledge of the consequences of entering this blazing inferno when his airplane was profusely leaking gasoline in two separate locations, Hughes, motivated only by his high conception of duty which called for the destruction of his assigned target at any cost, did not elect to make a forced landing or turn back from the attack. Instead, rather than jeopardize the formation and the success of the attack, he unhesitatingly entered the blazing area and dropped his bomb load with great precision. After successfully bombing the objective, his aircraft emerged from the conflagration with the left wing aflame. Only then did he attempt a forced landing, but because of the advanced stage of the fire enveloping his aircraft the plane crashed and was consumed. By Hughes' heroic decision to complete his mission regardless of the consequences in utter disregard for his own life, and by his gallant and valorous execution of this decision, he has rendered a service to our country in the defeat of our enemies which will everlastingly be outstanding in the annals of our Nation's history"; and

Whereas, Texas A&M University and Texas Aggies are exceedingly grateful for and proud of the uncommon loyalty and selfless service he displayed under intense and dangerous conditions; and be it therefore

Proclaimed that on this twentieth day of September 2012, we the undersigned representatives of Texas A&M University and The Association of Formers Students do hereby wish to express our admiration to Lieutenant Hughes for his vision and leadership; and be it further

Proclaimed that we are indebted to Lieutenant Hughes for his service and dedication to the United States of America, Texas A&M University, The Association of Former Students and Aggies worldwide; and be it

Resolved that this resolution be presented to the family of Lieutenant Lloyd Herbert Hughes, Class of 1943, and a copy be placed in the archives of Texas A&M University in recognition of the high esteem in which he is held.

Dr. R. Bowen Loftin '71
President, Texas A&M University

Otway B. Denny, Jr. '71
Chair of the Board, The Association of Former Students

Porter S. Garner III '79
President and CEO, The Association of Former Students

Source: Family papers

Created: October 30, 2012

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