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Work trousers made of heavy blue fabric. The pants are well worn and have been patched throughout with burlap. Colonel James C. Hughes was issued these pants while being held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese during World War II. Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, Hughes served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. In 1942, he was captured by the Japanese on the Bataan peninsula and 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.

Date: between 1942 and 1945

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Item Number: 310233
KSHS Identifier: 1971.73.242

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