Sgt. Buddy James Hughie

This page is dedicated to Sgt. Buddy James Hughie (Doc) to his friends.  Here are most of the links dedicated to him and the short life he lived while with us.  Now you can (more clearly) see just how remarkable and full of love he was.  Truly, this world is a much sadder place without him.

14 Responses to Sgt. Buddy James Hughie

  1. Chris Patterson says:


    Just got a surprise Memorial Day phone call from my son, a LT. in the Navy. He is an IA in Afghanistan. His assignment is to mentor Afghan police. He told me he is stationed at camp Hughie. Had to look up Camp Hughie to find out about it. What I did find out was that Buddy Hughie was a hero. I can only hope and pray I never have to suffer the grief that those who knew Buddy Hughie have felt.
    My sincerest condolence.

    mssc54 replied:

    Chris: Thank you so much for your sincerest condolences. Yes Buddy is, in fact, the epitomy of what a true American Hero is. Quite an honor to have a base named after you too. Ultimately, Buddy’s love for the Afghan people and duty to service as a combat medic cost all of us dearly. However, as my daughter says, we do get some degree of comfort knowing that he saved the lives of two wounded before being killed by that Taliban sniper. Perhaps, today, some Afghan boy is with his daddy because our American Hero did what no other dared try.

    Thank you again and I pray for your son’s safe return.

  2. Josh says:

    I came across your blog after you commented on my wife’s blog. Wishing you a belated happy Veteran’s Day from a former sailor . I was privileged to serve with many a brave sailor some still in harm’s way now, a few who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the COLE (when she was attacked, a few months after I transferred). I can’t imagine your loss. SGT Hughie truly is a hero and this country is forever in debt to him and the entire family. “Truly no man has greater love than this to lay down his life for his friends.” May Sgt Buddy continue to rest in peace in the arms of Our Lord and may God grant you and your family peace and solace. May we never forget…

  3. Becky Lundin says:

    It’s been 4 years Buddy and the pain is still real. I miss you so very much. I miss my best friend. I’ve said all of this and more before but it still feels like a nightmare. I love you my friend…

  4. Joy says:

    Thank you to you and your family. What we gained in Buddy, you lost and I’m so sorry.

  5. SMSgt Murphy says:

    I just wanted to say that I was stationed at FOB Hughie from Jun 08-Jan 09. I am an Air Force Medic and the fact that the FOB was named after a fellow medic really hit home. I took a photo of the memorial name plate and keep it as a memento to his heroic actions and to inspire my younger medics. You make us all proud to serve!

    • mssc54 says:

      SMSgt Murphy;
      Thanks so much for taking the time to look Buddy up and for making the extra effort to leave me a comment.

      i would be interested in any copies of FOB HUGHIE (uclassified of course).

      FYI, as you know February 19, 2011 we will mark the 5 year anniversay of Buddy being KIA with a Wreath Laying Ceremony here.

      Thanks again.

  6. Steelbreeze says:

    It has been five years since you died. In some respects your death hit me harder than the others- I just remembered how young you looked in AIT- even though you already had one deployment under your belt. I didn’t learn about your passing until two years later during a chance encounter with another medic who was in our AIT class. I have a lot of questions Hughie- but they’re better left unspoken. So tonight, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your widow and son. I don’t know that time has blunted the pain of your loss at all to them, but I hope it has granted some small measure of peace. I hope that they understand what it says about your character that you left a position of cover and traveled 300 yards across open ground to provide aid to those Soldiers. Even though they weren’t American Soldiers- you went. Awards ultimately mean little- still, I think that you deserved more than a Bronze Star. For Valor. That is a weighty word Hughie- but it is one that describes your actions on that day. You are not forgotten SGT. You will not ever be forgotten.

    • Brennan says:

      Hughie and I were in medic school together 2004-2005..I will never forget on my 2007 Iraq deployment hearing the news from another medic from AIT. I will never forget the feeling that sank in my heart. All he talked about was wanting a slower pace (leaving active duty) to be with his family. I remember there was light about him that no one could ignore. When everyone was having a hard time getting through the weeks of lanes and tests he was always confident. We started with over 400 would be combat medics to 193. That class was truly the best of the best. I am honored I stood by him on graduation. He and his family will be forever in my prayers.
      I wear his bracelet in his memory always.

      CPT Josie Brennan

      • Steelbreeze says:

        We were in the same class- though I have unfortunately lost touch with everyone. I remember that light too. I also remember his calm demeanor. It seems like the good ones are always the ones that are taken from us.

        I can’t place your name CPT- we would have been in different platoons- but I believe that everyone that crossed paths with Hughie would remember him and consider themselves a little better for having met him. I know I do.

        Hughie- you are not forgotten. You will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are once again with your family. God Bless.

        (former) SGT Sean Whitenton

  7. SFC Greg Boicourt says:

    Buddy was the guy you wanted to be around if you felt down or just needed a smile for the day. He always had a positive out look.

  8. SPC Bellew says:

    5 years later and it still makes me cry and tear up. I served in Afghanistan with Doc. I met him only a few times and talked with him every time he came to the FOB. He was a great Friend and a wonderful man. Everyone he crossed paths with felt better even if it was only for the day.. I miss talking to you and the way you could make even the worst of days some how feel better. Now your Fight is over Friend I bid you rest well, and in the end we shall meet again another day, another time. For now my Fight continues and I will keep fighting till the day I’m layed for my final rest. You are and always will be a HERO to me.

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