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
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
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
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
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
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
On 24 Jan 2011, an article was published
Medal Of Honor For A Man Of Honor."
On 30 Jun 2011, I received photos of the
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
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
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
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
On 21 Sep 2012, I attended the
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
On 17 Nov 2012, I attended a
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.