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Bill to rename U.S. Highway 77 after WWII hero from Refugio becomes law – Riverside, California

Riverside, California 2021-06-16 08:30:17 –

A bill was passed on June 4 in honor of the Medal of Honor winners, proposing to rename US Highway 77.

House Building 2167 proposed to designate Highway 77 in Refugeo County as Ensign Lloyd’Pete’Hughes Medal of Honor Memorial Highway. Congressman Genie Morrison led the submission and passage of HB2167.

“It feels great to see the bill pass,” said Mike Slack, chairman of the Pete Hughes Memorial Committee. “Name the highway is an important first step in Refugeo and ultimately honors Pete Hughes’ sacrifice and courage.”

The Texas Parliament, along with HB 2167, passed Senate Simultaneous Resolution 10 earlier this year, giving Hughes a commemorative resolution.

After graduating from Refugeo High School in 1939, Hughes was awarded the Medal of Honor for being a pilot of the B-24 bomber in World War II. Hughes’ bomber was shot down in 1943 during Operation Tidal Wave near Ploiesti, Romania.

House Bill 2167, submitted by State Legislature Genie Morrison, proposes to designate Highway 77 in Refugeo County as Ensign Lloyd. "Pete" Hughes Medal of Honor Memorial Highway.

Prior to the crash, Hughes and his nine other crew members were able to successfully maintain their formation and drop bombs on their intended targets. Hughes and seven other crew members were killed.

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The Pete Hughes Memorial Committee was established in June 2020 by the Refugeo ISD Education Foundation. Slack said his personal goal was to find a way to honor Hughes in his hometown.

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