From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Hughes '67

Date of birth: May 13, 1945

Date of death: January 31, 1979

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1967 Lucky Bag:


From the April 1979 issue of Shipmate.

From the April 1979 issue of Shipmate:

LCdr. Robert Garfield Hughes USN died in an aircraft accident on 30 January 1979 in the collision of two Navy jets off the coast of Southern California. A memorial service was held at the Airmen's Memorial Chapel, Miramar, on 3 February.

The son of RAdm. (USN Ret.) and Mrs. William C. Hughes, he was appointed to the Naval Academy with an at large appointment and graduated with the Class of 1967. Flight training followed and he had served in Kitty Hawk and Franklin D. Roosevelt, including combat service in Vietnam. Among his decorations were the Silver Star Medal and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He was attached to VF-126 at Miramar Naval Air Station at the time of the fatal accident. He had served as an instructor with FITRON 121, and he was serving with FITRON 121 and was designated air combat maneuvering instructor as well as serving as assistant maintenance officer and administrative officer.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his widow, Sherie, 15019 Amso St., Poway CA 92064; three children and four brothers including Cdr. William C. Hughes Jr. USN, '63.


Bob is credited with an air-to-air victory over a MiG-21 on May 6, 1972, over Vietnam. He was flying a F-4J Phantom II with Fighter Squadron (VF) 114 from USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63).

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Robert is one of 34 members of the Class of 1967 on Virtual Memorial Hall.