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Staff Sergeant Thomas R. Hughes Class of 2008

Silver Star Medal

United States Army

Silver Star Medal

Staff Sergeant Thomas R. Hughes, 35115895, 1st Battalion, 147th Infantry Regiment. For gallantry in action in the vicinity of the Bonegi River, one-half mile east of Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal on February 3, 1943. Staff Sergeant Hughes was attacking through a coconut plantation under heavy sniper, machine gun and rifle fire when his unit was then barraged by mortar fire. Artillery fire was called for and it fell short, forcing the unit to withdraw. During the withdraw, a fellow unit member was wounded and calling for help. Under both enemy and covering artillery fire, Staff Sergeant Hughes returned to the fallen soldier, bandaging the wounds and then began the process of dragging the soldier to the cover of safety. Under the continued cover of destroyer fire, Staff Sergeant Hughes was able to pick up the wounded soldier and dash to safety. Staff Sergeant Hughes daring on this occasion was an inspiration to his fellow soldiers.

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