Small carboard box containing rolled tobacco. Colonel James C. Hughes acquired this box of tobacco while being held as a Prisoner of War (POW) 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 POW camps. Hughes spent time in two camps located in Taiwan (Karenko and Shirakawa). The mark on the lid of the box indicates that this tobacco was supplied by the Monopoly Bureau of Formosa (Taiwan). Hughes most likely acquired it during his incarceration in that country. In 1945, Hughes was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Date: between 1941 and 1945
Item Number: 311123
KSHS Identifier: 1971.73.151
Collections - Museum - Special exhibits - Captured exhibition
Date - 1940s
Military - Service - Army
Military - Wars - World War II
Military - Wars - World War II - Prisoner of War
Objects and Artifacts - Personal Artifacts - Personal Gear - Box, Tobacco
People - Notable Kansans - Hughes, Col. James C.
Places - International - Taiwan
Thematic Time Period - World War II, 1939 - 1945
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts