Actual combat image of Walter E Hughes (far right) capturing a German soldier, during Battle of the bulge. December 1944

America has lost another hero. On December 19th, 2016, Walter E Hughes was called home; his mission on earth accomplished, a warrior laid to rest for a job well done. Like many of the “Greatest Generation”, Walter Hughes fought in WWII and came home to make his mark with little fanfare. Paratrooper, River Man, Tug Boat Captain, Patriot, Husband, and Friend were just a few of the many titles he earned along the way. Of all the titles and honors bestowed upon him, “hero” was the hardest title for him to welcome or embrace. Always pointing to others, deflecting credit to others he deemed more worthy than himself.