Saturday, July 28, 2012

Seeking information on Reverend H.D. Hough


Information, please: We recently received a letter from a researcher who is working on a book.

Rebekah Hughes is the author of Surviving the Flier and is a WWII historian.

She is currently exploring and researching the story of the USS Robalo, a submarine who was lost in the same general area as the USS Flier, a Gato-class submarine named for the sunfish.  Eight survivors of Flier made it back to Allied territory and home, but the four known survivors of Robalo disappeared under mysterious circumstances. 

One account of the Robalo survivors came from a POW, Yeoman Second Class H. D. Hough, who was repatriated at the end of the war:  The report in part reads:

On 2 August [1944] a note was dropped from the window of a cell of Puerto Princesa Prison Camp on Palawan Island in the Philippines. It was picked up by an American soldier who was on a work detail nearby. The note was in turn given to H. D. Hough, Yeoman Second Class, who was also a prisoner at the camp.
HD Hough survived and was repatriated.  The author is hoping to track down Mr. Hough or his family. It is unclear whether or not Reverend H.D. Hough, who was pastor at the First Presbyterian Church on Mitchell Avenue in Clairton, PA during the 1950s is the same HD Hough as the POW prisoner during WW-II, although, the Rev. H. D. Hough is of the right age and education to have been a Yeoman in the military in WWII.  We would appreciate any memories you might have that will help in author Hughes quest.

Letters, we get letters: I am an admitted technological Barbarian. I can barely figure out how to post this blog and when it changes format, as it has recently, I’m unable to post photos. But my biggest frustration is the inability to respond to letters and correspondence. So I’ll do so in the post. Starting with a comment from Sylvia which reads,

Hi, I have 2 images of Clairton about 1930, my grandfather worked there like a steel mill. I tried to send the images but the mail it doesn’t work. Please can you leave me another mail, can you help me about more images of Clairton about 1930. During a while my grandfather lived on Ravensburg Boulevard.
Many thanks,


Well, Sylvia, you can try my email which is:

David writes,

I remember reading about Clairton in a book in the Clairton Library around 1966. I wonder if it's still there? Anybody want to call the library and see. (Perhaps)We can then ask the librarian to scan in the pictures and post them to the site. (
What do you think?

PS: I'm getting a little homesick, too. But as Thomas Wolf says, "You can't go home again."


Hi David. Thanks for writing. I know our librarians at the Clairton Public Library read this blog. Perhaps they will provide an answer to your question.

AiresRadio asked,

I looked for "Clairton History" on Facebook but could not find it, is it still there? Great idea!


AiresRadio, You have to be invited to join that Facebook page. If you email me at I will see that your request is addressed.

Tyler Boyd continues to shine: Tyler Boyd was said to be the best player Coach Nola ever coached…. And that was directly from the lips of Coach Nola. He has had a busy summer traveling to Philadelphia, Atlanta, Florida, Texas, and Los Angeles. You remember Tyler, the running back for our State Championship Bears who ran for 2,400 yards and scored 48 touchdowns last year. Well he is beginning to gain nationwide recognition. He’s rated the fifth best player in all of Pennsylvania! He’s also been ranked by various high school rated as a four star and a five star recruit. But Tyler, who had never even ridden on a plane by last summer is back home preparing for the Bears upcoming season. We’ll keep you posted.

A little blogging music Maestro: “Searchin’” by The Coasters.

Dr. Forgot

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