On Tuesday August 7, Coppell’s CHRISTUS St. Joseph Village resident, Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) Bill Hughes, was recognized by Kenny Marchant, U.S. Representative for Texas District 24, and John Hayes, Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison.
Bill was presented with his earned medals for his outstanding military service during World War II. MCPO Hughes is a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, as part of the crew of the USS Utah, which was torpedoed and sunk on December 7, 1941. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, MCPO Hughes was stationed aboard the USS Saratoga when it too was hit by a Japanese torpedo.
MCPO Hughes persevered through tremendous hardship and was present in Tokyo Bay, Japan on September 2, 1945, to witness the Japanese surrender and the official end to World War II. After the war, MCPO Hughes served an additional 22 years in the U.S. Navy.
As he is one of the four last remaining survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bill, who is now 96-years-old, remains active with the Veterans group at CHRISTUS St. Joseph Village retirement community. Bill has a kind heart and a great sense of humor which he says helps keep him young. MCPO Hughes is a walking testimony of dedication and loyalty to the U.S.A. as he graciously continues to share his stories with his fellow residents as well as other organizations.