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Small mirror in celluloid case. Hinged metal stand attached to the back. The mirror has a Japanese label on the back. It was housed in a wooden Red Cross box, presumably to transport it without breaking it. Colonel James C. Hughes acquired this mirror while being held as a Prisoner of War (POW) by the Japanese during World War II. The label on the back indicates that he probably purchased it at an exchange or canteen in one of the camps. 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. 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 1941 and 1945

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Item Number: 312454
KSHS Identifier: 1971.73.185

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