HUGHES, Donald E. 1920-1944
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/28/2016 at 07:56:44
Donald E. Hughes Body Comes Home For Last Rites
Military services were held Tuesday afternoon, July 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the Alice Church Cemetery north of Conrad for Tech. Sgt. Donald E. Hughes, whose body was returned recently from Manilla, P.I.
The prayer service was conducted by Rev. Alvin Mitchell and military rites were performed by the Conrad American Legion. The pallbearers, all overseas veterans of World War II were: four son-in-laws, Duane Long, Richard Lynch, Edward Osborne and Milon Thatcher, with Guy Aiken of Eldora and Albert Jans of Parkersburg.
In accordance with military tradition, there were four flagbearers for the casket. They were Wilbur Ralston, Guy Aiken, Albert Jans and Vernon Kelly of Edgewood, Iowa.
Donald E. Hughes entered military service January 3, 1942 along with several Grundy county boys who were sent to Australia April 22, 1942. They were all in the battle of Buna in New Guinea, one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific conflicts.
After more than two years in New Guinea, he was sent to Leyte, P.I. In the Fall of 1944, he was wounded by artillery gun fire. He died aboard the hospital ship Bountiful on December 15, 1944. He had been born June 21, 1920, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mac Hughes. He was farming with his father when called into service.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 July 1948, pg 1
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