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I am a Veteran.Dale L. Hughes
August 8, 1934 - May 28, 2013

On May 28, 2013 at Drew Memorial Hospital, the angels took home Dale Lamar Hughes, 78, of Monticello. He was born August 8, 1934, to JA and Jewell Herring Hughes in Drew County, AR. He was the grandson of John Morgan and Eva Sawyer Hughes and Jap and Lottie Herring, all of the Montongo Community.

He attended school in Monticello and graduated from Monticello High School in 1952. He attended Monticello A & M for two years, Florida State for two years and graduated with a BGS in history from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1974. He was a retired Lt. Col. of the U. S. Air Force, following 22 years of active service. The 3 years immediately preceding his retirement from the military in May 1977, he served as executive officer for the commander of the 832nd Air Division and as deputy base commander at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, NM. He was commissioned through the Aviation Cadet Program in December 1956, after completing pilot training at Bainbridge AFB in Georgia and Bryan AFB in Texas. As a combat ready F-100 fighter pilot and later as a forward air controller, he flew 296 combat missions in Southeast Asia. In addition to state side assignments, he served tours of duty in Turkey, England, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and the Panama Canal Zone. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Vietnamese Civic Action Honor Medal, first Class. When he returned to Monticello in 1977, he served as manager of the Monticello Pink Tomato Growers Association. He also served as Drew County Judge for 9 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Betty Allison Hughes of Monticello; three children, Robert D. Hughes of Georgetown, TX, Jay L. Hughes and R. Chris Hughes Pace, both of Monticello; one sister, Barbara Fleming of Pine Bluff, AR; six grandsons, two granddaughters, one step-grandson, six great-grandchildren, two nephews, four nieces, and many more extended relatives and friends.

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