MSG James Hughs

MSG James Hughs

Dates of Service: Aug 1956 - Mar 1988
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Influence Score: 60,738
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  • SPC 58
  • SGT 61
  • SSG 64
  • 2LT Jul 66
  • 1LT Jul 67
  • CPT Aug 69
  • SFC 74
  • MSG 82
Commissioning Source:  OCS, Jul 1966

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Joined as a private in 1956 USAR ... (USAR basic training Camp Roberts CA 1958). went Active Duty 1959 ( Active Duty Basic Training Fort Ord CA 1959)....went to OCS as an E-6 in 1966..... RIF'd as a captain in 1971....served as an NCO ( SSG to MSGT) until 1988.... Airborne ....Ranger.... Special Forces.... Vietnam and Grenada Built homes for veterans Owner / manager Antique & Collectibles Store Treasure Hunter Caribbean sail boat crewman "No Kill" animal rescue shelter manager Columnist for a newspaper Fire Fighter Air Crash Rescue Teacher / Principal

Military Experiences

1987 - 1988
ROTC Instructor
Served as Opns NCO.... and training NCO... tried to correct illegal activities and was forced to submit my retirement papers or face disciplinary action ....later there was a Congressional Investigation ( not involving me)... officers were disciplined (retired; courts martial and re-assigned).... Hell of a way to end my career
1982 - 1987
Team Sergeant
Was in 7th SF as a team sergeant; Projects NCOIC Combat Developments ( air items).. TDY Barbados training local police ( 8th SF Grp)... Assigned to the Embassy in Grenada USAID country team...commanded the Bajan platoon of the Caribbean Peace Keeping Team ( British Commanded multinational unit ) ...Operations sergeant SF Training Group ( Col Nick Rowe)... Special Forces Liaison to Fort Benning GA....
1978 - 1982
ROTC Instructor
Served at all compasses (Cayey ; Bayamon; Humacao ;Rio Piedras) taught survival, drill and ceremonies, rappelling ; military history ; ranger advisor etc
1975 - 1978
Senior Special Forces Engineer Sergeant
Actually served on the "Hill" in several units....Attended SF Intelligence & Operations Course....


(1 year, 6 months)
Ended in Aug 1983
Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada)
Country Team USAID.... commanded the Caribbean Peacekeeping Team from Barbadoes......updated the Intelligence Assessment of the island ( note: do not remember the exact dates) Had a team house near the Sugar Mill and one in a hotel near Pearls Airport
Mar 1970 - Jul 1970
Country Team working with SAAVAK and the Iranian Special Forces ( dates not accurate??) mission classified...awarded Iranian Senoir Jump Wings
Jul 1967 - Jul 1968
Vietnam ribbon
Vietnam War
25th Infantry Division : platoon leader; conducted riverine operations on the Saigon and Oriental rivers

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools
Individual & Special Skill Schools


Operations & Intelligence (SF)


ANCO Academy


Staff Intelligence Officer

Foreign Language Skills


Spanish (3/2+)

Security Clearance
Top Secret

Academic Degrees

Academic Degrees

Ended in 1988

University of Southern California, Higher Education

Associate Degree

Personal Information

writing; journalist; collectibles & antiques