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James Joseph Hubert: Duluth WWII Hero Returns Home Exhibit

Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, is hosting the unveiling of a new traveling exhibit titled James Joseph Hubert: Duluth WWII Hero Returns Home on the third floor just outside of the Great Hall at the Depot on August 12, 2021 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. In attendance will be Mary K. Hagen (Hubert), James Joseph Hubert’s sister, as well as several other extended family members. The event is free and open to the public and will honor the service and sacrifice of WWII Duluth Hero USMC Sgt. James Joseph Hubert. Current COVID restrictions will apply. Please wear a mask.

The exhibit opening will also include the announcement of the James Joseph Hubert Memorial Scholarship to be awarded in 2022. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund you can do so online here. The event will also feature a film trailer viewing for the debut of “We Never Forgot Him: USMC Sgt. James Joseph Hubert’s Long Journey Home,” a documentary film to be released later this year. The documentary illustrates the events that lead to James’ discovery, identification, repatriation, and ultimate return home to Duluth in 2017. Appetizers and refreshments will be served following the announcements.

About James Joseph Hubert James was tragically killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 during WWII. Up until 2015, James remained missing in action. In 2015 his remains were discovered by the non-profit group History Flight, a group that works tirelessly to bring our men of service home. James’ remains were excavated and sent to the DoD for DNA identification. The Hubert family was notified in 2016 that James had been found and his long journey home to Duluth finally came to pass in 2017, 73 years after he had been killed. August 12, 2021 marks James Joseph Hubert’s 100th birthday. Scholarship donations are being accepted. If you wish to donate to the scholarship fund, contact Jay Hagen.

About Veterans Memorial Hall Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1909 and is a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society. It is the mission of Veterans Memorial Hall to preserve and collect veterans’ stories and artifacts and to interpret and educate the public about the rich and diverse history of veterans from northeastern Minnesota. Its website,, features more than 8,000 veteran stories.

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