Francis "Fran" Hughes Dec. 12, 1939 Jan. 24, 2019
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Born at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. to Francis, Sr. and Kathleen Hughes. They soon moved to Long Island, New York where he was raised. Upon graduation from Sewanhaka High School in 1957 at the age of 17 and with the written permission from his Mom, Fran entered the United States Navy as a Hospitalman Recruit.
During the next fourteen years Fran advanced to Master Chief Hospital Corpsman. His duty stations included St. Albans Naval Hospital; 1st Marine Division (FMF); 24th Rifle Company (FMF); Nuclear Power Training Unit, Windsor Locks, Conn; Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia; NSA DaNang, RVN; San Diego Naval Hospital Corps School.
In 1972, he was commissioned to Ensign in the Medical Service Corps. During the remainder of Fran's Naval career, he served in various positions at Oakland Naval Hospital; the USS Sanctuary (AH-17) hospital ship; Naval Hospital Port Hueneme, CA.; Officer-In-Charge, Branch Clinic, Glenview, II.; Medical Dept. Head, NSF, Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. and Executive Officer, Naval Hospital, NAS Whidbey Island.
His personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals; three Navy Commendation Medals; Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V; Combat Action Ribbon; and numerous other awards.
Commander Hughes retired from the Navy on July 1, 1989. He never forgot his Enlisted "roots" and the reception held after his retirement ceremony clearly showed this. Ask anyone who was around at the time.
Never one to sit still for long, exactly one month after his Navy retirement, Fran became the Executive Director of the North Whidbey Help House. This position he held until 1995.
He was very proud of his community involvement and was a member of North Whidbey Lions Club; VFW; Elks Club; WICMOAA; the Masonic Lodge; and North Whidbey Shrine Club.
Francis is survived by his wife Mary; his grandchildren Brian, Jr., Michelle, and Nicole; brother Brian (Annmarie); and his son Shawn. Also surviving are his nephew Michael (Carmelita), and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass for Francis will be April 11, 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, followed by a reception in the parish hall. As per his wishes internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.