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

2nd Lt. Lloyd Herbert Hughes' Purple Heart


On Friday, 9 Nov 2012, my immediate family gathered. My mother was downsizing and moving. Her children, plus a couple of their spouses, were going to gather to divide and conquer. As soon as I got there, I was instructed where to sit so I could start going through things. One of the first sets of items they put before me was three Purple Heart cases. I hadn't seen them in a while, but I remembered them from my childhood. They were my father's Purple Hearts, right? Then I thought, "Three?" I knew he was wounded, shot up very badly actually, but do you get another Purple Heart when you get wounded a second time? Or 'just' a star? Wait. Didn't he get wounded three separate times? These were questions I didn't think to ask as a child.

My mother and my brothers were chattering away trying to figure out the answers to these questions, when I opened up one case and turned over the medal. (I have learned a few things researching Uncle Pete.) It had, "FOR MILITARY MERIT" on the back, but nothing else - no inscription. I knew that some of these were handed out so fast that some did not get inscribed, but I was a bit disappointed.

I opened up the second case and turned over the medal. It had my father's name stamped on it. The name was not stamped evenly, but it was recognizable. It was good to see that name. I pointed it out to the others and pointed out the first one that had no name and explained about it. Then I opened up the third case and turned over that medal.

I was dumbfounded. It was engraved with "LLOYD H. HUGHES." We found a Purple Heart awarded to Uncle Pete! You could have knocked me over with a feather. No one else had thought to turn them over and look for any inscription.

We all decided then and there to loan Uncle Pete's Purple Heart to the Corps of Cadets Center at Texas A&M University to be put on display along with his Medal of Honor.

Photos by Rajordan on 12 Nov 2012

Created: November 12, 2012

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