John Arthur Hughes
|John A. Hughes|
November 2, 1880|
Manhattan, New York
|Died||May 25, 1942(aged 61)|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1900 - 1919|
|Battles/wars||United States occupation of Veracruz
World War I
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Croix de Guerre with Palm
Purple Heart Medal
Hughes joined the Marine Corps in March 1900, and was commissioned as an officer in December 1901. As the result of a gas attack during the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, he was medically retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in July 1919.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 2 November 1880, New York, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915. Other Navy award: Navy Cross.
For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Capt. Hughes was in both days' fighting at the head of his company, and was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage.
The Navy Cross is presented to John A. Hughes, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service as Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment Marines. In the operations of his battalion at Belleau Woods from the 10th to the 13th of June, 1918, Lieutenant Colonel Hughes showed himself a gallant, courageous and determined commander of men.
Inflicting severe losses on the enemy, capturing many prisoners, twenty machine guns, six minnenwerfers and other booty. The brilliant success of this battalion was in a great measure due to his coolness in all crises, unfailing good humor and accurate judgment. Lieutenant Colonel Hughes led his men superbly under most trying conditions against the most distinguished elements of the German Army, administering to those organizations their first defeat.
- USMC History Division
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- "John Arthur Hughes". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- ""JOHN HUGHES" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz). United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
- "Arlington Cemetery Website". Retrieved September 29, 2010.
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