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First Name: Joseph

Last Name: Hudson

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)



Home of Record: Louisville, MS
Middle Name: William Blades



Date of Birth: 16 July 1938

Date of Death: 17 March 1969

Rank: Captain

Years Served: 1957 - 1969
Joseph William Blades Hudson

   
Engagements:
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)

Biography:

Joseph William Blades Hudson
Captain, U.S. Army

Joseph William Blades Hudson was born on 16 July 1938, the son of William and Martha Hudson.

On 17 March 1969, Captain Joseph William Blades Hudson was serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in South Vietnam.

On that day, CPT Hudson was serving as intelligence officer during a night raid in Dinh Tuong Province. Shortly after his small element was inserted into the target area, the enemy opened fire. In the brief engagement in which 2 Viet Cong were wounded, he obtained valuable military information. After the intelligence had been relayed to headquarters, the party advanced and suddenly was trapped in a vicious crossfire. CPT Hudson re-positioned his personnel and directed Cobra gun ship fire on enemy positions. Then, as his men provided suppressive fire, he crawled forward and eliminated a machine gun emplacement with 2 well-thrown grenades. As he was returning to his element, he was fatally wounded by hostile fire. CPT Hudson's extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Soldier's Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Purple Heart
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) Joseph William Hudson, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Captain Hudson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 17 March 1969 while serving as intelligence officer during a night raid in Dinh Tuong Province. Shortly after his small element was inserted into the target area, the enemy opened fire. In the brief engagement in which two Viet Cong were wounded, he obtained valuable military information. After the intelligence had been relayed to headquarters, the party advanced and suddenly was trapped in a vicious crossfire. Captain Hudson repositioned his personnel and directed Cobra gun ship fire on enemy positions. Then, as his men provided suppressive fire, he crawled forward and eliminated a machine gun emplacement with two well-thrown grenades. As he was returning to his element, he was fatally wounded by hostile fire. Captain Hudson's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3044 (August 11, 1969)

Honors

The name Joseph W Hudson is located on Panel 29W Line 61 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Burial

Captain Joseph William Blades Hudson is buried at Rocky Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Winston County, MS.

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