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Blue flannel cap with two buttons sewn to the front. Colonel James C. Hughes made the cap in 1945 while being held as a prisoner of war in Cheng Chia Tun Camp, Manchuria. In an attempt to find some relief from the cold Manchurian weather, Hughes made the cap from the lining of a storage bag and used the pattern for a British Royal Air Force cap. 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: 1945

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Item Number: 314371
KSHS Identifier: 1971.73.241

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