Lieutenant – United States Navy Air Corps
11-10-1917 - 3-15-1945
Lt Hudson was a Naval Fighter Pilot and died in a plane crash in Virginia.
He returned to the States in November after 14 months service in the Pacific. He was forming a new squadron on the East Coast preparing for further combat service. He had been in service 35 months.
PARENTS: Gertrude & Elmer Hudson, 632 E. Lorena, Wood River
SPOUSE: Martha Biehl Hudson
FAMILY: Younger brother Harold, born in 1922
Before entering service, he was employed here as an electrician. He graduated from EAWRCHS, where he was Captain of the 1935 football team. In 1936 he attended the University of Illinois for several years.
While on leave in November, he married Miss Martha Biehl of Miami, Florida.
His brother, Midshipman Harold Hudson, who was attending the dental school at Northwestern University Chicago campus was to fly to Atlantic City to obtain further information on the fatality.
Lt Hudson’s father, Elmer Hudson, owned ILMO Electric in downtown Wood River.
The following is a timeline of his military service:
July 1942 Joined US Navy as an Aviation Cadet at Lambert Field in St. Louis.
Underwent pilot training in Corpus Christie, Texas and received his Commission as an Ensign and his Navy wings after six weeks.
Dec. 1942 Attended fighter training school in Miami, Florida.
Feb. 1943 Attended more flight training on F6F Hellcat in San Diego, California
Oct. 1943 Departed San Francisco on USS Sangamon for Pacific Theater of Operations as part of VF 37.
Participated in the following invasions:
Nov. 1943 Tarawa
Jan. 1944 Kwajalico
Feb. 1944 Eniwetok
Mar. 1944 Palau
Apr. 1944 Aitape
May 1944 Hollandia
June 1944 Saipan
July 1944 Guam
Sept. 1944 Morotai
Oct. 1944 Leyte Gulf where he was part of Task Force Taff 1 in famous Naval Battle of Leyte Gulf
Nov. 1944 Returned to San Francisco after 400 days at sea.
Nov. 1944 Returned to Wood River and married Martha Biehl of Miami, Florida.
Dec. 1944 Assigned to NAS Atlantic City, NJ as an instructor pilot training new pilots forming a new Squadron VF 150 to deploy back to Pacific.
Mar. 1945 Killed in aircraft training accident near Atlantic City at age 27
Buried in Wood River, IL