Sunday’s Salute ~ Roy Lee Hughes ~World War I

Roy Lee Hughes Military DressRoy Lee Hughes, my 1st cousin 1x removed, was born to Henry Siegel and Myrtle (Joslin) Hughes on July 18, 1891, in Malta Bend, Saline Co, MO. He was the 5th of 11 children. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Hughesville, Pettis Co, MO. His family was farmers so he grew up and worked on the farm. The 1910 Census,  lists Roy as being single and in the 1920 Census, it lists him as being divorced. I have not found a marriage nor divorce record for him during this time frame. On his draft registration card for WWI dated June 5, 1917, he is listed as being single.

On July 28, 1914, a global war was declared against Germany. It wasn’t until 1917 that the United States officially joined the fight. Roy felt called to help defend democracy so he enlisted in the Company A 162 Infantry at the age of 23 and within 1 month he was sent to the newly constructed military training camp, Camp McArthur in Waco Texas. From there he was transported on September 21st,1917 to Hoboken, New Jersey along with the rest of his unit to begin his deployment overseas. He served in France until February 19,1919. He was honorably discharged upon demobilization

roy and salle hughes older

When he returned home he met and married Sallie Sarah Anthony (1894-1972) on October 8, 1921, in Sedalia, Pettis Co, MO. They rented a farm in Houstonia, MO, and over the next 14 years, they had OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA7 children, 3 sons, and 4 daughters. In 1935 the family moved to Kansas City, MO and here they had two more children 1 son and 1 daughter. Once they got settled here, Roy began working in a rock quarry. He passed away from Multiple Myeloma and Bilateral Bronco pneumonia at the Veterans Hospital in Kansas City on September 24, 1968, at the age of 77.


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