1 CAV DIV

5TH CAV RGT

John Raymond Hughes

Specialist Four
2ND PLT, C CO, 1ST BN, 5TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
02 December 1948 - 23 May 1970
Houston, Texas
Panel 10W Line 085

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Raymond Hughes

01 Jan 2006

John arrived in Vietnam January 12th 1970. I had been there since September 1969 and had gotten to the point that I did not want to get close to anyone new because it was too painful to lose a friend. We talked a lot and it didn't matter how hard I tried not to we became friends before I knew it.

After I had known him a few weeks he told me that he was certain that he would not leave Vietnam alive. I tried many times to talk him out of that idea but had no luck. After that I just made an effort to put it out of my mind but it was always there.

I once heard that if when a person dies and there are 5 true friends at his funeral you can consider his life a success. We could not leave Vietnam to attend funerals so every month or two when we were on a Firebase we would have a memorial service for the men we had lost since the last one. John's life was short but a very large success.

Larry Touchstone
lwt52@bellsouth.net



The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Larry Touchstone
lwt52@bellsouth.net
01 Jan 2006



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