Grant County Veterans Service Officer Nelson Mears had the honor of assisting Jewell Hughes in obtaining World War II medals that had been misplaced over the years.
Jewell's late husband, Ray Hughes, was a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII.
Ray joined the Army on Dec. 1, 1941, just six days prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Ray was a tank driver who fought in the French Morocco, Tunisian Naples-Foggis, Rome-Arno, Northern Alpennines and Po Valley Campaigns.
Ray was wounded in Italy on May 25, 1944, and July 2, 1944, he was awarded six Bronze Stars during the Italian Campaigns, and received the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster on
Nov. 10, 1944. Ray also received the Good Conduct Medal, Army Defense Service Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon and six Overseas Bars.