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The French shore is in the background in this photo taken by Captain James Hughes, a member of the 13th Field Artillery of the 4th Division, as the Navy transport, USS Zeelandia, sailed out of Brest Harbor. The ship was loaded with American soldiers returning after the Army of Occupation duty had ended. From 11 November 1918 to 31 July 1919, the USS Zeelandia made seven voyages between Europe and the United States returning American troops home after the war. During those voyages, she repatriated 15,737 American soldiers. This photo was taken in July, 1919. James C. Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.

Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1919

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Item Number: 314884
Call Number: James C. Hughes Collection, negative 320B
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 314884

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