Think­ing of my dad

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

On Vet­er­ans Day, I think of my dad, O.B. Hughes. He be­gan his mil­i­tary ca­reer in the 1930s in the horse cav­alry in New Mex­ico. When horses gave way to tanks, he be­came a tanker.

He made the first­wave land­ing on D-Day in Nor­mandy, Utah Beach, and was part of Pat­ton’s 3rd Army that raced to res­cue the sol­ders trapped in the Bat­tle of the Bulge. He was wounded twice dur­ing World War II. He also went to Korea in 1950 as part of the po­lice ac­tion there. He was not wounded, but he did suf­fer from frozen feet. They both­ered him the rest of his life.

He re­tired as a mas­ter sergeant in 1958. He passed away, still a hero to me, on Sept. 27, 1994.



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