COLONEL HOWARD F. HUGOS
Colonel Howard F. Hugos, U.S. Air Force, Retired, of San Antonio, Texas died February 24, 2014. He was 98 years old.
Colonel Hugos was born to Adolphus and Anna (Gathright) Hugos on November 28, 1915, at Enid, OK. He graduated from Enid High School, attended Oklahoma A&M University and The University of Oklahoma at Norman. He entered the Army at Ft Sill, OK, in The Field Artillery, and then as a 2nd Lt he entered The Army Air Corps and received his pilot's wings at Kelly Field, TX, on May 11, 1940. Howard spent most of his Air Force career in Heavy Bombers. During his 28 years of service he received The Legion of Merit, The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, The Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Purple Heart, and The Moroccan Medal of Merit. During World War II, he flew B-29's over Japan and was Deputy Group Commander of The 504th Bomb Group on Tinian. After World War II, he served at Ft Worth, TX, as Squadron Commander at Carswell AFB and as Deputy Group Commander of B-29's and B-36's. Howard then served for 3 years as Chief of Staff of The 17th Air Force in French Morocco. His next assignment brought him to The Pentagon in Air Force Operations as Chief of the SAC Branch. His final stateside tour was at Biggs AFB, El Paso, TX, first as Base Commander and then as Vice-Commander of The 95th Bomb Wing where he flew B-52's. His last assignment in the USAF, before retiring, was as Chief of The US Air Force Military Advisory and Assistance Group to France. After retiring from the USAF in 1966, he became a homebuilder in Houston, TX. In 1981 he moved to Austin, TX, and then in 1998 he moved to San Antonio, TX.
Colonel Hugos is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Marian Ahr Hugos; his daughter, Sharon F. Lewis of Naperville, IL; daughter, Carolyn M. Mettee of Phoenix, AZ; and son, Robert J. Hugos of Houston, TX. Howard is also survived by four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Full Military Honors for services and interment will be conducted at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:15 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014, followed by a memorial service at the Army Residence Community Chapel at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Fisher House at (fisherhouse.org).
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Published in Express-News on Mar. 2, 2014