Dale L. Hughes



Preferred Name: 
Dale

Nickname/Call Sign:

Date of Birth: August 8, 1934 (May 28, 2013)

Highest Military Grade Held: Lieutenant Colonel

Hometown: Monticello, AR

Biography

Units Assigned

  • 1957-1960 429th Fighter-Bomber Squadron/Tactical Fighter Squadron, Clovis AFB, TX/Cannon AFB, NM (F-100)
  • 1960-1964 55th Tactical Fighter Squadron/20th Tactical Fighter Wing, Wethersfield AB, England
  • 1964-1968 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron/27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, NM
  • 1965 TDY Vietnam
  • 1966 TDY Misawa AB, Japan

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Air Medal (with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Vietnamese Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class

Flight Info

F-100
Wall of Honor Location: Foil: 10 Panel: 2 Column: 4 Line: 50
Wall of Honor Level: Air and Space Friend
Dedicated Panel: F100 Super Sabre Society

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • 1952 Monticello High School, AR
  • 2 years Florida State University
  • 1974 BGS/History University of Nebraska at Omaha

Lt. Col. Dale L. Hughes (Retired) Headed West, May 28, 2013
Dale was born August 8th, 1934 in Monticello, AR. 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 stateside 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 1/2 years. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasanton Campground United Methodist Church. Lt. Col. Hughes loved God, his family and country.
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.
source: http://www.stephensondearman.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=793&locid=1

Biography

Biography

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1957-1960 429th Fighter-Bomber Squadron/Tactical Fighter Squadron, Clovis AFB, TX/Cannon AFB, NM (F-100)
  • 1960-1964 55th Tactical Fighter Squadron/20th Tactical Fighter Wing, Wethersfield AB, England
  • 1964-1968 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron/27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, NM
  • 1965 TDY Vietnam
  • 1966 TDY Misawa AB, Japan

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Air Medal (with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Vietnamese Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class

Flight Info

F-100
Wall of Honor Location: Foil: 10 Panel: 2 Column: 4 Line: 50
Wall of Honor Level: Air and Space Friend
Dedicated Panel: F100 Super Sabre Society

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • 1952 Monticello High School, AR
  • 2 years Florida State University
  • 1974 BGS/History University of Nebraska at Omaha
Headed West

Lt. Col. Dale L. Hughes (Retired) Headed West, May 28, 2013
Dale was born August 8th, 1934 in Monticello, AR. 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 stateside 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 1/2 years. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasanton Campground United Methodist Church. Lt. Col. Hughes loved God, his family and country.
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.
source: http://www.stephensondearman.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=793&locid=1

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