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James Hudson '50

Date of birth: February 18, 1928

Date of death: December 22, 1952

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


From Oriskany's cruise book.

From Find A Grave:

LTJG Hudson was Killed in Action during the Korean War. Hudson graduated from Annapolis (USNA) in 1950. He was a pilot of an AD-3 Skyraider dive bomber assigned to Attack Squadron 125 (923) aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34). While attacking facilities near Hwangsuwon-ni (Somong-ni) N. Korea, Hudson's plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire & crashed. Hudson was killed in the crash, body not recovered. Hudson's name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing.

From Find A Grave:

Awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

From USNA 1950:

Jim underwent flight training at Pensacola and Corpus Christi. He won his wings flying AD Skyraiders. He was assigned to USS Oriskany and departed from San Diego on a WestPac cruise in September, 1952. Jim was shot down on his 18th mission over North Korea.

From researcher Kathy Franz: "In 1940 father James was an attorney, mother Gertrude, brother John, and grandmother Marie Frese born in Germany."

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant, Junior Grade James Alexander Hudson (NSN: 0-532903), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Attack Squadron NINE HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE (VA-923), embarked in U.S.S. ORISKANY (CVA-34), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 22 December 1952.

General Orders: All Hands (January 1954)
Action Date: December 22, 1952
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Attack Squadron 923 (VA-923)
Division: U.S.S. Oriskany (CVA-34)

The Los Angeles Times on August 30, 1953 gave a few other portions of the citation, including that he was killed "while pressing the attack 'with expert airmanship, outstanding courage and unswerving devotion to duty.'"

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Wilbur Spradling, Jr. '50 and Lorenzo Daleo '50 were also a member of the 13th Company.

Class of 1950

James is one of 37 members of the Class of 1950 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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