Raymond Minnis Hughes

Served in War World II in the Navy Seabees. The Seabees were an Engineering and Construction Squadron assigned to clear land for airplane runways and for tanks. He was a crane operator that cleared land in the Philippines during the war. Men would carry a gun with them while working on the cranes. Unfortunately, the enemy saw them as sitting targets. My dad, would remove dead bodies from the crane and then start operating the crane again. He was assigned to go into Pearl Harbor to clean up and rebuild after Japan bombed our fleets. -Submitted by his daughter, Dovie Kay Fisher

  • Date of birth:
  • 21 February 1919
  • Date of death: 12 March 1991
  • County: Blount
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: 58th Construction Battalion
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Grandview Cemetery, Maryville, Blount County, TN
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