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Daniel V. Hughes
- Branch of Military: U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
- Dates of Service: 1954-1957
- Rank / Occupation: Corporal / Rifleman
- Hometown: Penns Grove, New Jersey
Daniel Hughes enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1954 and was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force and did a tour working in a prison for the U.S. Retraining Command, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
He fell ill in his final year of active duty and was ultimately medically retired. He went on to attend drafting school, then work in the family boat and marina business, before working for the Environmental Protection Agency, and then as a union carpenter building casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He retired to Palm Coast with his wife, Sue, in 1992. Since that time, he has been a member of the American Legion, VFW Post 8696 (twice commander), Marine Corps League Detachment 876 (commandant), and the Disabled American Veterans.
From 2001 to 2015 he served as the chairman of the National VA Cemetery Committee, in Jacksonville, Florida. This is where he really made his mark, as he was instrumental in the inception and realization of the VA National Cemetery in Jacksonville. It was a project he doggedly saw through, and it took the better part of 24 years. Hughes has received several awards over the years, and most recently was inducted into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame, class of 2021. Hughes will also be recognized at the Flagler County Memorial Day Ceremony on May 30, in front of the Government Service Building.
See Hughes’ story at this link https://www.fvhofsociety.org/hughes.html
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