Retired park ranger to tell Sunday of daring rescue mission

Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes

PORT ANGELES — Retired Olympic National Park Ranger Jack Hughes will talk about one of his most difficult rescue experiences at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation Sunday.

Hughes’ lecture will be at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St. The program will be held in the social hall. Parking and entry are on Laurel Street.

History Tales is free and open to the public.

On March 20, 1975, an Air Force C-141 jet transport with 16 people aboard crashed into 7,900-foot Mount Constance on the eastern edge of the park.

Hughes was among the first to reach the scene the next day. He and other search members spent weeks camped in the snow at the crash site.

Hughes, a Korean War veteran, served as a park ranger for 48 years. He was transferred to Olympic National Park in 1965 and was the head ranger at Hurricane Ridge.

He is known for his vast knowledge of park trails, his love of skiing and his involvement with many search and rescue missions.

For more information, call the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 360-452-2662 or email

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