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(12 Jul 1921 -
27 Jan 1942)

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(28 Jan 1942 -
1 Aug 1943)

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(2 Aug 1943 -
31 Jul 2006)

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(1 Aug 2006 -
Present)


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


The Early Years - Army Air Forces - Post Ploesti - Most Recently

Most Recently
(1 Aug 2006 - Present)

On 1 Aug 2006, I first published some web pages about Uncle Pete. I scanned the documents, letters, and photos that my family had kept all these years. I put together just a few web pages to share the information I had. They have morphed into what you see now.

In late 2006, my uncles decided to loan Uncle Pete’s Medal of Honor to the Refugio County Museum, 102 West Street, Refugio, Refugio County, Texas, USA. My uncles had the medal all this time and I hadn't even known it. (Refugio County Museum sign) (Source: family sources)

In Nov 2006, an article was published entitled, "The Streets of Lackland: The Memorialization of Lackland Streets" about the naming of streets on Lackland Air Force Base. One of the streets was named in Pete's honor.

On 28 Dec 2006, I drove to the Refugio County Museum in Refugio, Texas, and photograph Uncle Pete's Medal of Honor. It was the first time I remember ever seeing it. Online, people scoffed my story saying it was not authentic, and asked what was inscribed on the back. I had not even thought to turn it over.

In May 2007, I arranged for a student guide and a tour around the Texas A&M University campus at College Station, Brazos County, Texas. They were happy to escort a relative of Uncle Pete's around the campus. I remember it was raining, but we walked around. It was the first time in my adult life that I had been on campus.

On 28 May 2007, I drove to the Memorial Student Center (MSC) on the Texas A&M University campus at College Station, Brazos County, Texas. I photographed the Medal of Honor displayed under a drawing of Uncle Pete. So how did they get this Medal of Honor? Could a university request a Medal of Honor for display purposes?

On 31 May 2007, a newspaper article entitled, "Remembering Pete Hughes and his band of brothers" was published about Uncle Pete.

On 9 Dec 2007, I received an email from James R. Woodall, a former Commandant of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets. He requested help in contacting a relative of Lloyd H. Hughes about his Medal of Honor. I replied back giving him my uncles' names and telephone numbers. Recognizing an inside source, I asked him about the Medals of Honor in the Aggies' MSC.

On 10 Dec 2007, Woodall told me that the Medals of Honor in the MSC were "locally produced replicas." Thus began our correspondence and working relationship. Woodall contacted my uncles about loaning Uncle Pete's Medal of Honor to the Corps of Cadets Center at Texas A&M University.

On 29 Dec 2007, my uncles got together to discuss Uncle Pete's Medal of Honor. They agreed that the Corps of Cadets Center at Texas A&M University was an appropriate place for it, a secure place, and a place where more people would be able to see it.

On 11 Apr 2008, Pete's Medal of Honor was moved from the Refugio County Museum and officially loaned to the Corps of Cadets Center at Texas A&M University.

On 24 May 2008, I toured the  Corps of Cadets Center and saw the exhibit that was set up displaying Pete's Medal of Honor along with other memorabilia.

On 30 May 2008, a newspaper article was published entitled, "Remembering Those Who Served."

Winter 2008 - James H. McClain's 1945 English paper entitled, "My Most Memorable Combat Mission" was published in the NEWS 389th Bomb Group and Attached Units.

On 15 Jan 2009, an article was published online entitled, "Story of ‘Pete’ Hughes will be included in A&M book."

On 25 Mar 2009, an article was published entitled, "Aggie Medal Of Honor Recipient 2nd Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes ’43 To Be Honored on Mar. 30."

On 30 Mar 2009, a "Medal of Honor Ceremony" was held to formally present Pete's Medal of Honor to the Corps of Cadets Center at Texas A&M University. (Source: Personally attended.)

On 30 May 2009, Harold L. James, Col, USAF (Ret) graciously gave Pete's family a couple of pages out of James's Autobiography. James had trained with Pete stateside and there are several references to specific dates.

On 31 Mar 2009, an article was published entitled, "Aggie's legacy lives on."

On 1 Apr 2009, an online article was published entitled, "Medal of Honor Ceremony for 2nd Lt. "Pete" Hughes'43." It included a video of the ceremony. Twenty family members of Pete's were in attendance.

On 8 Apr 2009, an article was published entitled, "A&M welcomes WWII hero's Medal of Honor."

On 1 Jun 2009, an article was published entitled, "Medal of Honor Ceremony Honoring 2nd Lt. Lloyd H. "Pete" Hughes '43."

In the July-August edition of the Texas Aggie magazine, an article was published entitled, "A Man Of Honor."

In 2010, a Medal of Honor display was dedicated to Pete and other Medal of Honor recipients. It is located in Airman's Hall, 4th Floor at The Pentagon.

In Aug 2010, a new book was published about Pete and other Medal of Honor recipients entitled, "Texas Aggie Medals of Honor - Seven Heroes of World War II" by James R. Woodall.

On 7 Sep 2010, an article was published entitled, "State Medal of Honor recipients, heroes due honors" by John Andrew Prime dated 7 Sep 2010 in The Shreveport Times web site.

On 13 Nov 2010, Pete was inducted into the "Louisiana Military Hall of Fame & Museum" in Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, USA. (Sources: "Ceremonies note sacrifice and heroism" and photographs)

On 24 Jan 2011, an article was published entitled, "A Medal Of Honor For A Man Of Honor."

On 30 Jun 2011, I received photos of the Medal of Honor display in the Pentagon from Susan J. Linders. Thank you Susan!

On 11 Oct 2011, I drove to Waco, McLennan County, Texas and picked up John Riley Kane's Medal of Honor from the Letterman Room at Baylor University's Floyd Casey Stadium. Then I drove to College Station, Brazos County, Texas and picked up Lloyd Herbert Hughes' Medal of Honor from the Corps of Cadets Center on the Texas A&M University's campus. Being responsible for these two pieces of history made me pretty nervous for the next 15 days.

From 17-21 Oct 2011, the 98th Bombardment Group Veterans Association hosted a "Ploesti Raiders" reunion in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. It was opened to any airman related to the Ploesti Raids, whether flight crew or ground crew. (Sources: Personal experience and "Barksdale honors Ploesti Raiders")

On 18 Oct 2011, we drove to Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana to attend the Ploesti Raiders Reunion taking the two Medals of Honor with us. We returned home on 22 Oct 2011. There were many memorable moments, but the one that really remember is an old airman looking at the display cases and saying to me, "I have never been this close to a Medal of Honor."

On 26 Oct 2011, drove back to Waco then College Station to return both Medals of Honor.

After 25 Feb 2012, I received a phone call from the Vice President of The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M with information about Pete and the six other Texas Aggie Medal of Honor recipients being awarded the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award given out by the Association. I was told, that as the family representative, I would be presented with the award. I was to be invited to a Cocktail Hour on Thursday, 20 Sep 2102, the Distinguished Alumni Gala on Friday, 21 Sep 2012, the President's reception before the Texas A&M football game on Saturday, 22 Sep 2012. I There were only two tickets to the Reviewing Stand for the Corps of Cadets March-In, and only two tickets to the President's Box for the game. A packet of information would be sent at a later date and formal invitations would be sent to all invited. I posted the information on a Facebook page on 14 Feb 2012 letting my cousins know about the date.

On 9 Apr 2012, I received an email from the Marketing & Programs Assistant from The Association of Former Students saying that I would soon be receiving the packet of information about the festivities on the 2012 Distinguished Alumni weekend. The problem was that I didn't get the packet.

By 16 Apr 2012,  I figured out that because of a mix up on the part of The Association, I was not going to get the tickets promised to me after all. The packet they promised me was sent to a cousin of mine who was excited (and very surprised) to hear about the events. By this time, he had already made plans on attending with his son. Since there were only so many tickets to go around, I was no longer invited to all events. I insisted that The Association fix their mistake and make good on their promise - from three months before - and provide me two tickets to all the events. They did not do so.

In the summer of 2012, I found this article "Tribute Wall - Distinguished Alumni."

On 20 Sep 2012, an article was published entitled, "Distinguished Alumni Gala To Celebrate 50th Anniversary."

On 20 Sep 2012, I attended the cocktail reception hosted by the Association of Former Students where I met several of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni. I was able to talk to several of the descendants of the Medal of Honor recipients whose genealogy I had researched for James Woodall's book, Texas Aggie Medals of Honor - Seven Heroes of World War II. I received a copy of the Proclamation of Distinguished Alumnus in October.

On 21 Sep 2012, I attended the Distinguished Alumni Gala, hosted by the Association of Former Students where the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to my cousin's son. To say I was crushed is an understatement after all my research on Uncle Pete's life and accomplishments.

On 22 Sep 2012, I stood in the reviewing stand for the Corps of Cadets March-In and then watched the football game at Kyle Field at Texas A&M University from the President's box. I watched the Aggies beat South Carolina State 70-14. The 2012 Distinguished Alumni were honored with a little half-time ceremony on the field.

On 18 Oct 2012, I received a phone call and email from the Deputy Commandant/Chief of Staff of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. He extended an invitation to the relatives of Uncle Pete as guests of the Corps of Cadets for a Military Review on Saturday, 17 Nov 2012 honoring our Veterans and the Texas A&M’s Medal of Honor recipients. Again, I posted a note to Facebook. I sent emails out to my cousins and asked them to spread the word. As of 24 Oct 2012, I had gotten no replies from anyone wishing to attend.

On 9 Nov 2012, my mother brought out three Purple Heart cases which had been stored away for a very long time. One was Uncle Pete's Purple Heart, one had my father's name inscribed on the back, and the third was blank.

On 17 Nov 2012, I attended a Military Review and an induction into the Corps Hall of Honor.

On 7 Nov 2013, an online article was published entitled, "Aggie Medals of Honor."

In Jul 2016, I discovered Memorial Park on the grounds of National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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