The regiment is active and stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There's a website at < http://www.bragg.army.mil/AFVC-C/panthers.htmhttp://www.bragg.army.mil/AFVC-C/panthers.htm > (click on address to go there). This is usually meaningless but there are a number of links including one to the regimental veterans association. Perhaps the association can assist in locating individuals who knew and/or served with him. Also, located a little info on a John "Jack" Hughes, date of birth 6 March 1917. Is that your man?