Carl Wayne Hughes

Private First Class
C CO, 1ST BN, 5TH INF RGT, 25 INF DIV
Army Of The United States
26 November 1948 - 15 March 1969
Adel, GA
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25 INF DIV

5TH INF RGT
Carl Wayne Hughes

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star (2 awards), Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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COMPANY "C"
1ST BATTALION [MECH] 5TH INFANTRY
APO San Francisco 96225
17 APR 1969

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hughes,

I extend my most profound sympathy to you on the recent loss of your son, Private First Class Carl W. Hughes, a member of this unit, who died in the service of his country.

During the morning of March 15, 1969, at approximately 1:20 A.M., Carl was participating in a reconnaissance in force mission in hostile territory near Cu Chi, Province of Binh Duong, Republic of Vietnam. Carl received severe head injuries when he was struck by fragments from an enemy anti-tank rocket. It may afford you some consolation to know that death came quickly and Carl was spared any unnecessary pain.

News of your son's death comes as a distinct shock to all who knew him and his loss will be deeply felt in this unit. Carl's pleasant nature coupled with his ability to perform his duties in an outstanding manner made him an exemplary soldier.

It may provide some small measure of comfort to know that the officers and men of Company C share your bereavement. Memorial services will be held when the battalion returns from the field.

Sincerely yours,
Joseph F. Bane
Captain, Infantry
Commanding

2 JUN 1969

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hughes:

I have the honor to inform you that your son has been awarded posthumously the Bronze Star Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster for heroism, Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal.

Prior to death, Carl had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Badge with machine gun bar and the Marksman Badge with automatic rifle and rifle bars.

Arrangements are being made to have these awards presented to you in the near future by a representative of the Commanding General, Third United States Army.

My continued sympathy is with you.

Sincerely,
Kenneth G. Wickham
Major General, USA
The Adjutant General

PFC Carl Hughes is remembered by his comrades in the
5th Infantry Regiment



A memorial from one who remembers,
Randy Kethcart
randy@bobcat.ws 
24 Oct 2001



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)