December 17, 1944 — Belgium
Private Otto Hughes was a member of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion(Heavy), an all black unit, when the Germans launched their winter attack that became known as the Battle of the Bulge. The 333 Field Artillery were out-numbered and over-run by the heavily armored Germans. The 333 FA Battalion lost many casualties.
Private Otto Hughes date of death is December 17th. He and 10 other members of his unit are presently buried at Luxemberg American Cemetery in Belgium. There were many other casualties and some of the deceased were brought back to be buried in the US.
There was an attrocity associted with this unit. Eleven of the black soldiers were captured by the Germans. But instead of taking them to prisoner of war camp, the Nazi SS soldiers took them outside of the town of Wereth, Belguim and tortured and mutilated them before killing them. This incident became known as the "Wereth 11". A docu-drama movie has been made about this event. (Pvt Hughes was not one of those murdered but was probably killed in action.)