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“Rest In Peace Colonel Hughes. Alyce DeLong ”
1 of 42 | Posted by: Alyce DeLong - Westlake Village, CA

“I posted last year on the anniversary of Colonel Hughes passing. I am posting again this year to share that I visited Hao Lau Prison, more commonly...Read More »
2 of 42 | Posted by: Alyce DeLong

“To the family of Colonel Hughes,I proudly wore Colonel Hughes's POW bracelet when I was in junior high school. My father also served in the Korean...Read More »
3 of 42 | Posted by: Alyce DeLong - Spesbach, Germany, NY

“I have finally finished watching the Ken Burns series on Vietnam. Nothing was more moving than the segment on the homecoming of the prisoners of war...Read More »
4 of 42 | Posted by: Denise Powers - Joliet, IL

“I have been watching the Vietnam war special on PBS and tonight was the release of the prisoners of war. I was immediately taken back in time to when...Read More »
5 of 42 | Posted by: Debbie Berger - St Louis, MO

“to any family of col James l hughes I have his pow braclet.maybe that I wore through the entire time of the war. I found this and would like to mail...Read More »
6 of 42 | Posted by: cynthia ciangiola - Hyde Park, NY

“I wore Col Hughes POW/MIA bracelet from 1968 through 1975. I got it while serving in Westpac in the Navy, 1965-1968. I thought of him daily, all...Read More »
7 of 42 | Posted by: Dan Gittings - Montana City, MT

“Today I read an article about a woman who wore a POW bracelet and I remembered I wore Lieutenant Colonel James L Hughes POW bracelet back in junior...Read More »
8 of 42 | Posted by: Kandi Nissen - Waterloo, IA

“I wore Lt Col James Hughes POW bracelet many years ago and still have it. Would this be something your family would be interested in having. If so I...Read More »
9 of 42 | Posted by: Patricia Frank - Poughkeepsie, NY

“Col Hughes, thank you for your many years of service and sacrifices made for us and our Country. Like so many, I also wore Col Hughes POW Bracelet...Read More »
10 of 42 | Posted by: Erich Arbogast - Kingwood, TX

“Colonel James L. Hughes, First let me say Thank you for all your service. I to wore the Colonel's bracelet all through the 70's. I never took it off...Read More »
11 of 42 | Posted by: Pamela LaFave Kellogg - SC

“I wore the POW bracelet proudly of Colonel James L. Hughes as a young girl while my father, an Army veteran, served in Vietnam. His name was Franklin...Read More »
12 of 42 | Posted by: Alyce DeLong - Ramstein Air Base, NY

“Col Sir, I would like to take this moment to Salute you and Thank you for your service and sacrifice protecting this great nation and our Freedom. I...Read More »
13 of 42 | Posted by: Edward Janco - Voorhees, NJ

“I was so sad to learn about Lt. Col. Hughes' passing last year. I just discovered this in a strange way. Going through my old memorabilia archive,...Read More »
14 of 42 | Posted by: Tommy C - Albuquerque, NM

“My POW bracelet had Col Hughes name on it . I wore that bracelet until he came home safely. I prayed every night for his safe return. Rest in peace...Read More »
15 of 42 | Posted by: Linda Kaiser - Newtown, PA

“I was fortunate to be assigned as a Public Affairs Officer for the repatriation of Vietnam POWs in March of 1973. Colonel Hughes was the first of...Read More »
16 of 42 | Posted by: James S. O'Rourke, IV - Granger, IN

“Just today, Memorial Day, I learned of Lt. Col. Hughes' passing. I too, wore his POW bracelet while in high school in the early 1970's. I attempted...Read More »
17 of 42 | Posted by: Jeannette Keith Pompi - Columbia, SC

“I also wore James Hughes mia bracelet for many years but sadly lost it. I always wondered what happened to him and just discovered these articles. I...Read More »
18 of 42 | Posted by: Sandy Ryle Roach - Jacksonville, TX

“I wore Col. Hughes P.O.W. bracelet as a teenager. My son, now also a teenager, asked me today about my P.O.W. bracelet. I went online to give him...Read More »
19 of 42 | Posted by: Luanne Reeves - Hometown: Dows, IA

“I chose Col. Hughes' bracelet to wear as his name was my maiden name. At the time of wearing his bracelet, I was married and my name was then DeAnn...Read More »
20 of 42 | Posted by: DeAnn Hughes - Austin, TX

“(I only need this one more box...I hope.)I don't remember if Uncle Jim walked off that plane, that day or not. What I do remember is that my father...Read More »
21 of 42 | Posted by: Linda Hughes-Foyte - Albert Lea, MN

“(This is the last part of my memory entry. I don't condense well. A gift that I received from my father and from my Uncle Jim.)I can recall every...Read More »
22 of 42 | Posted by: Linda Hughes-Foyte - Albert Lea, MN

“My father was English. He could be stubborn. He was proper, controlled his show of emotion with a skill that that must have taken great practice,...Read More »
23 of 42 | Posted by: Linda Hughes-Foyte - Albert Lea, MN

“I'm so sorry to hear of Col. Hughes' passing. I wore his POW bracelet for many years. In April, I mailed my bracelet to him in hopes that he might...Read More »
24 of 42 | Posted by: Karen Sambrookes - Waterman, IL

“I wore USAF Major James Hughes' POW bracelet to remember him and the other brave men every day until the night of May 24, 1973. That was the night...Read More »
25 of 42 | Posted by: Jim J. Dukes - San Antonio, TX

“Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Candy, Rusty & Shane ”
26 of 42 | Posted by: Candy Adams - Magnolia

“The passing of any great man is hard but when that man is Col. Jim Hughes the pain increases. I remember when my Mother called to tell me Paula was...Read More »
27 of 42 | Posted by: Terry Sue (Ford) Donaghue - OK

“Sorry to hear of Jim's passing and yet know he is in a better place. Spent my career in Texas and California with American Airlines and from time to...Read More »
28 of 42 | Posted by: Robert & Marilyn Talley - CA

“Paula, Dawn, and Roby, I cannot say anything about Jim that you do not already know. I can only share my admiration and respect for him. I know...Read More »
29 of 42 | Posted by: Betty Franks - friend

“Paula, Dawn, and Smiley: My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you in the loss of your dear husband and father. He was a true gentleman in every aspect...Read More »
30 of 42 | Posted by: Gregg Frizzell - Little Rock, AR

“Paula, my thoughts are with you and your family as I only learned of Jim's passing earlier tonight. You will not remember me, but I knew you and...Read More »
31 of 42 | Posted by: Bob Pierce

“Paula, My thoughts and prayers are with you and Dawn today and the days to come. Jim was a great American and I'm very appreciative and proud of his...Read More »
32 of 42 | Posted by: Joyce Parker - Downsville, LA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jim was a wonderful man and truly blessed every life he touched. ”
33 of 42 | Posted by: Tena Simpson - Magnolia, AR

“Paula i am so sorry for your lose of Mr.Jim. He was a sweet man. Prayers for your family. ”
34 of 42 | Posted by: Tracy Primm

“Dear Paula, Sorry I will not be able to attend the visitation on Thursday Nignt. We are picking Granddaughter up to spend about 10 days with us. We...Read More »
35 of 42 | Posted by: Hilton Stewart - Magnolia, AR

“So sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Much Love, Debbie Jo ”
36 of 42 | Posted by: Debbie Morrison - Yantis, TX

“Paula, Dawn, and Family. My heart felt condolences go out to each one of you. I consider myself honored and blessed to have known Jim. May God grant...Read More »
37 of 42 | Posted by: Tarlton Wingfield - Waldo, AR

“Paula, Dawn, and family, I am so thankful for knowing Jim! He always had a smile on his face and something nice to say to anyone. He truly was and...Read More »
38 of 42 | Posted by: Beth Franklin - Magnolia, AR

“Paula, Dawn, and Roby, So sorry to hear about the loss of Jim. What a great man! Jim Hughes was just that kind of man that everyone liked and...Read More »
39 of 42 | Posted by: John and Becky Smalling - AR

“Mr. Hughes is a true American hero, and a very kind man. He will always be remembered for his service to our country as well as his kindness. My...Read More »
40 of 42 | Posted by: Randy Harvey - El Dorado, AR

“My prayers go out to your and your family. Paula, "I Wish you Enough" Author Unknown Recently at an airport I overheard a father and daughter in...Read More »
41 of 42 | Posted by: CJ Wilson - Marion, AR

“Paula, Dawn, and family, Jim was a fine man who gave unselfishly as a husband, father, friend, and servant to our country. He will be greatly missed...Read More »
42 of 42 | Posted by: La Juana Terrell Warner - AR


Col. James (Jim) Hughes, 84 of Magnolia, Arkansas died Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Magnolia. He was born June 11, 1927 in Hazleton, Iowa to the late Raymond and Ruth Hughes.
Jim retired as Colonel from the United States Air Force on September 1, 1973. He served 25 years and 2 months in the military during WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War starting out after leaving his high school graduation ceremonies for boot camp in the United States Navy in 1945. He later joined the United States Air Force as an Aviation Cadet where he flew many airplanes as a pilot, test pilot, and instructor. He was a fighter pilot flying the F-105 Thunderchief aircraft and on May 5, 1967 on his 55th combat mission Jim was shot down and taken captive by the North Vietnamese and spent the next 6 years at the Hanoi Hilton P.O.W. Camp. He was released March 4, 1973. Jim has received the Prisoner of War Medal, Bronze Star Medal with V Device, 2 Purple Heart Medals and numerous other service medals. Because of his military service he was inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame and a Cottage was named in his honor at Wentworth Place.
Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Columbia County Republican Committee, the current Executive Director of the Miss Magnolia Pageant, and former owner of Kathy's Dance Arts Studio. He was a past member of PIE as school coordinator, and the past president of the UAMS College of Medicine Parents Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father in law Sam and Estelle Barnett; and a brother Robert Hughes.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, whom he married on June 7, 1975, Paula Hughes of Magnolia; loving daughter, Dawn Hughes Butler and husband Roby of Little Rock; sisters-in-law, Jena Creech and husband Louis of Stamps, Nancy Pate and husband James of Waldo, Sue Beard and husband Maurice of Lafayette, Louisiana; brother-in-law, John Barnett and wife Janice of Magnolia; brothers, Dwight Hughes of Guttenberg, Iowa, Mark Hughes of Iowa; sister, Sheila Bergmann and husband Dennis of Chandler, Arizona; step mother Ethel Hughes of Guttenberg, Iowa; aunt Violet James of Stanley, Iowa; fury friends, Lola and Cerebella; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2012 at the First Baptist Church with Bro. David Watkins officiating. A United States Air Force Military Honor Guard Service will follow at the Antioch East Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. of Magnolia. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Honorary pallbearers will be Carter McDonald, Larry Price, Greg Cox, Ken Mederios, Thomas Collins, Rob Butler, and Michael Johnson.
Memorial donations may be made to the Magnolia Specialized Services, 1616 North Vine, Magnolia, AR 71753.
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