George W. Hughes spent 20 years in the U.S. Army, serving in the United States, Germany, France and Vietnam. He spent eight years in the Army Corps of Engineers and 12 years as an officer in the Army Infantry. While in the Army, Maj. Hughes earned a college degree in business administration from the University of Tampa. He is retired and enjoys spending time with his wife, grandchildren and military friends. He lives in Gahanna, Ohio.
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AN INSPIRING JOURNEY OF
COURAGE AND SERVICE
On May 5, 1966, George W. Hughes was leading his platoon on a mission to
reinforce his fellow soldiers in a Vietnam village. Under fire for more than four
hours, he had a decision to make: maintain a tight position with his men grouped
together, or disperse them and return enemy fire.
His actions that day saved lives and later earned him the prestigious Distinguished
Service Cross. But they truly formed over the previous three decades, as Hughes
transformed from a wayward young man into a model career soldier and
inspiration to us all.
Always a Soldier documents his incredible journey from tenth-grade dropout to
decorated 20-year Army man and college graduate. This enlightening memoir
spans his impoverished early years during World War II, his initial enlistment in
the Army at 17, the formative experiences in training and combat, passage
into manhood and the growth of a family. It is a book about courage and
succeeding even when you think you can’t, and serving others when most think
only of serving themselves. It is, above all, a humorous and honest portrait of
a life fully lived, one that proudly retells the good times while not flinching from