James Harvey Hughes Laid to Rest, 1921

We remember. From the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), October 20, 1921, page 1:

James Harvey Hughes Buried Last Saturday.
Body Arrived Saturday Morning – Funeral in Afternoon – Legion in Charge.

The body of James Harvey Hughes arrived here Saturday morning and was buried Saturday afternoon. The funeral was conducted by Rev. S. D. Harlan, pastor of the Christian church at Graham.

The body was met at the station by members of James Harvey Hughes Post, American Legion, and by numerous relatives and friends, and was taken directly to the home southeast of town, where the funeral was held at 2 o’clock.
The American Legion had charge of the burial at Groves cemetery. The firing squad, composed of Ralph Wright, Lansing Reese, C. E. Olson, Fred Smith, John Aldridge, Harry Worl, Delavan Robbins and Albert Linville, fired the customary salute over the grave. Bugler Charles McDaniel sounded taps, the soldier’s last call. Harley Hitchcock acted as color bearer and the color guard was Earl Jordan and Homer Aldridge.

The pall bearers were chosen from among the intimate friends of the former soldier. They were: Leland Linville, Roy Hopkins, S. B. Garnett, Ray Blackney, Fred Mast and Harvey Linville.

James Harvey Hughes was born January 25, 1892, and had lived all of his life near Skidmore. On September 19, 1917, he left for Camp Funston where he was assigned to Company B, 356th Infantry, 89th Division. He left Funston about the last of February, 1918, for the east. At Camp Stuart, Va., he was transferred to Co. L., 4th Inf., 3rd Division, with which organization he went across, fought, and died. He embarked on April 6, 1918, and landed at Brest, France, April 15.

The 3rd Division was a regular army division. Division headquarters landed in France, April 4, 1918, 11 days before James Harvey Hughes landed. This Division took part in three major operations — Chateaux-Thierry Sector, May 31 to July 30 (battle operations May 31 to June 4 and July 15 to 30); St. Mihiel Sector (reserve), September 10 to 14; Meuse Argonne offensive, September 30 to October 27. It was in this last offensive that James Harvey Hughes was killed, on or about October 15.

The organization to which this soldier belonged captured 31 German officers, 2,209 men, 51 pieces of artillery and 1,501 machine guns; and made a total advance of 41 kilometers in the front line. The authorized insignia of the Division is a square field of royal blue upon which are superimposed three diagonal white stripes, representing the three major operations in which the Division participated. The blue field represents those who gave their lives.

Card of Thanks.
We desire to thank all those who so kindly came to us with their sympathy in this, our great sorrow, in the burial of our beloved brother, James Harvey Hughes, who fell on the battle field, also for the beautiful flowers and the singers. We assure you we appreciate it all and trust when such sorrow comes to you the same love and kindness may attend you all.
The Brothers and Sister.

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