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(12 Jul 1921 - 1 Aug 1943)

Aggie Medals of Honor

By Fletcher Massie on Nov 7, 2013, 4:07p

With the induction of Texas A&M's 8th Medal of Honor recipient, we take a look at the bravery that earned each Aggie the prestigious award.

Texas A&M has a rich military heritage. Aggies have courageously served in every American war since the school's creation in 1876, including over 20,000 in service during World War II. In that time, seven Texas A&M students have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor. Today, November 7, 2013, we inducted Clarence Sasser, our 8th recipient to the MSC Hall of Honor, for his gallant service as a medic in Vietnam. Sasser first attended the University of Houston before being drafted at the age of 19. After the war he returned home and continued classes at Texas A&M at the invitation of James Earl Rudder.

Aggies are doing incredible things around the world, but I want to highlight the bravery of these eight men who lived and died upholding the character of Texas A&M.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

The following are the exact citations written about the acts that earned each man the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor Citations

Lieutenant Lloyd H. Hughes ‘43

Branch: US Army

Born: Alexandria, LA

Degree: Petroleum Engineering (No Degree Received)

For conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On August 1943, 2d Lt. 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 plane 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 2d Lt. 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, 2d Lt. 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 2d Lt. Hughes' heroic decision to complete his mission regardless of the consequences in utter disregard of 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.

Source: Online article "Aggie Medals of Honor" by Fletcher Massie dated 7 Nov 2013 in the Good Bull Hunting web site.

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