Name: Aubrey Festus Hughes
Birth: 10 MAR 1917 in Huntington, Cabell Co, WV 1
Death: 18 AUG 1944 in Killed in Action, WWII, St Raphael, France 2
Burial: 16 JAN 1949 Susie Chapel Cmpgrd Cem, Cabell Co, WV 3
Residence: 1941 946 27th Ave, Huntington, WV
_MILI: WWII, U.S. Army, 540th Engineer Regiment 1943 2
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- Occupation: Pipefitter, Huntington Water Works PRE WWII
Army WWII serial number 35507909.
Aubrey served in the 540th Engineer Combat Regiment, Company "F". This unit saw
action in North Africa, from Nov 1942 to July of 1943. From July of 1943 to Sep of 1943,
they took part in action in Sicily. They moved next to Paestum to take part in the invasion
of Italy. During their service in Anzio, Italy the unit experienced heavy bombardment from
the German Air Force. Their mission was to clear and maintain the beach as a port of
operation for Allied Forces. In July, the 540th begain support of the 36th Infantry Division
for "Operation Anvil", the invasion of Southern France, scheduled for Aug 15. The day
after the invaison, "YELLOW" beach was designated as a supply and unloading beach.
Company "F" was assigned to clear and maintain this beach. After a successful operation,
Company "F" moved to St. Raphael, France to reconstruct the harbor and clear the streets. While
working on street clearance, Company "F" suffered the loss of two enlisted men, one of which
was PFC Aubrey F HUGHES. Two other men later died of their injuries. Twenty seven men were
wounded. The casualties were sustained when "Teller-mines", deeply encased in concrete
blocks were detonated by a bulldozier engaged in removing the blocks.
PFC Aubrey F. Hughes received the following medals during his service:
The Purple Heart
WWII Victory medal
WWII Honorable Service Lapel Button
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star
Good Conduct Medal.
Almost 5 years after his death, his remains were returned to Cabell County, WV and
buried in Susie Chapel Cemetery. His body was returned to the US aboard the Army Transport ship the
"Lieutenant James E Robinson".
Father: Gallington (Galley) Hobert Hughes b: 21 JAN 1877 in Cabell County, W. VA
Mother: Maggie Lee Merritt b: 30 SEP 1875
Evelyn Steele b: ABT 1917 in WV
- Abbrev: Copy of WV birth certificate on file.
Copy of WV birth certificate on file.
- Abbrev: War service record of PFC Aubrey F. Hughes, copy on file.
War service record of PFC Aubrey F. Hughes, copy on file.
- Abbrev: Hughes, Erskine