SPC Jeremiah C. Hughes

29 July 1981 – 9 April 2008

SPC Jeremiah Hughes was born on July 25, 1981, to Wesley and Melanie Hughes. He enlisted in July 29, 1999. Upon completion of Infantry One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA, he was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment on January 20, 2000. He deployed with the 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1-21, to Kirkuk, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 21, 2004 – February 22, 2005. He participated in numerous combat missions with distinction, ensuring a safe and secure environment for the people of Kirkuk. During his time with the Gators of Alpha Company, SPC Hughes distinguished himself as a man that his peers could always count on in a combat situation. He was a man of dependability to be emulated by all who encountered him.

SPC Jeremiah Hughes’s purpose in life was best displayed by his willing eagerness to serve his nation. He was a very technical Soldier, knowing every aspect of his job as a machine gunner, as well as platoon armorer, setting the technical example for all of his peers.

SPC Hughes is survived by his wife, Angela Marie Witt; his two brothers, Joshua and Josiah; and his parents, Wesley and Melanie Hughes.

SPC Hughes’s awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Ribbon. SPC Hughes will be missed by his friends and fellow Soldiers of the 1-21 Infantry “Gimlets.”