|Staff Sargent Bill Hughes||Bill and Louise In 1992 After 51 Years Of Marriage|
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|Street: 5213 N E 45TH||City & State: KANSAS CITY, MO||E-Mail: LOUISE.HUGHES@JUNO.COM|
|Zip: 64117||Phone: (816) 452-4364||Spouse: LOUISE|
|Conflict: WW II||Service Branch: Army Air Corp||Unit: 8 AF 489 BG|
|Theater: ETO||Where Captured: HOLLAND||Date Captured: 03/08/44|
|Camps Held In: STALAG 4 AND 6||How Long Interned: 419 days|
|liberated / repatriated: liberated||Date Liberated: 05/45||Age at Capture: 20|
|Medals Received: AIR MEDAL W/ OAK LEAF CLUSTER, PURPLE HEART MEDAL, WORLD WAR II VICTORY MEDAL, AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL, PRESIDENTAL UNIT CITATION MEDAL (EAME) WITH BATTLE STAR|
|Military Job: M/SGT / FLIGHT ENGINEER||Company: TWA|
|Occupation after War: MECHANIC|
William Hughes was born on Nov. 16 1923 in Liberal, MO and passed away on March 26, 1999. Following high school, Mr. Hughes joined the Eighth Air Force and served in WWII as a M/Sgt flight engineer, in the European Theater, with the 489th Bomber Group. He was stationed in England and after several missions was captured in Holland on March 8, 1944 and interned in Stalags 4 & 6. He received the AVA (Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart, WWII Victory, POW, Good Conduct, American Campaign, Presidential Unit Citation; same with one Battle Star. After being liberated on May 1945, he was discharged on October 23, 1945.
He was married to Louise Hughes for over 51 years and resided in KC. He had four daughters (Trish Hughes Troutz, Marjorie Hughes, Mary Beth Robeson and Christine Bossung) and a son (W. David Hughes), plus 2 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.
Bill worked for large truck companies as a mechanic and foreman for companies such as White Motor Co., Mack Truck Co. and TWA but retired on medical leave from TWA. He was the Past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, the VFW Post #5606 and stayed active in the Heart of America Chapter of Ex-POWs.
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