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Prisoner of War identification tag

Small, rectangular metal identification tag. Safety pins at top to attach tag to clothing. Colonel James C. Hughes wore this identification tag while being held as a Japanese Prisoner of War during World War II. The Japanese assigned him this tag at Cheng Chia Tun POW Camp in Manchuria, China, on November 14, 1944. Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, Hughes served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. During the latter conflict, he commanded a Philippine regiment (Filipino soldiers led by American officers), which surrendered in 1942 on the Bataan peninsula. Hughes spent the next 41 months in various Japanese P.O.W. camps. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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