Beginning of the End

Malcolm Fortier1945-08-16

Kansas Historical Society

Kansas Historical Society
Topeka, United States

Colonel Malcolm Fortier’s depiction of supplies dropping into a field near Camp Hoten, Manchuria where he and Colonel James C. Hughes were held as prisoners of war. American parachute troops brought word of Japanese surrender and Russian soldiers arrived two days later to liberate the camp.

Hughes, a Kansan, is among a select number of soldiers who served in a major military expedition as well as two world wars. As a photographer took more than 600 images documenting his time at the Mexican border in 1916 and in Europe during 1919. As a Japanese prisoner of war in World War II, Hughes kept a daily diary and, upon liberation, brought home items from his imprisonment. He and his family donated most of these items to the Kansas Museum of History.

More information at: https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/james-clark-hughes/19881


  • Title: Beginning of the End
  • Creator: Malcolm Fortier
  • Date Created: 1945-08-16
  • Location Created: Camp Hoten, Manchuria
  • Subject Keywords: World War II, WWII, Prisoner of War, POW, James C. Hughes, Hughes, Malcolm Fortier
  • Rights: From the collection of the Hoover Institute

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