[Continuing my sharing with you of some of the raw research for the book I am writing of the 176 Amsterdam area men who died in World War II. Anyone having newspaper clippings, telegrams, letters, anecdotes and/or good quality photos of these men, kindly comment here or email me at the address in the left column]
Recorder December 6, 1948
The body of PFC Erwin George Hudson, Star Route, Hagaman, has arrived at San Francisco on the United States Army transport, Dalton Victory, from the Pacific area and will be sent to the American Graves Distribution Center at the Schenectady General Army Depot preparatory to being finally sent to his home under military escort for final tribute and reburial.
PFC Hudson died May 9, 1945, aboard the USS Solace from severe gunshot wounds and burns inflicted by enemy action on Okinawa Island. He was buried with full military honors on May 10 in the American Cemetery on Tinian Island.
Born in the Town of Galway in 1912, a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hudson, he attended the Galway High School. He was inducted into, service in May, 1943, and received his basic training at Camp Lee, Va., and advanced training at Camp Reynolds, Pa. He went overseas in March, 1944, landing in New Caledonia.
Recorder December 21, 1948
Military Services For PFC Hudson Conducted Sunday
GALWAY, Dec. 21—Military funeral services for PFC Erwin George Hudson were conducted Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the C. L. Anibal funeral home by the Rev. Royal Filkins. pastor of the United Methodist Church and a former chaplain. The bearers were Kenneth Denison, Elwood Denison, Lawrence Denison, Floyd Denison, Ralph Denison. cousins of the deceased, and Melrose Freer, a friend.
Burial with full military honors took place in Galway Cemetery under the direction of Leslie Wilde, legion commander. The color bearers were John Smith and Norman Barrett; color guards were Llewelyn Cornell and John Baird. The firing squad under the command of William Mickan, sergeant-at-arms, was composed of Paul Close, Leo Ostapaw, Guido Simboli, Harold Jones, Myron Jones, Donald Suits and Vernon Ouderkirk. Bugler Everett Scott sounded 'Taps" and the flag was presented PFC Hudson's mother by Commander Wilde.
Private Hudson is also survived by his wife, Mrs. Viola Hudson, Amsterdam R. D. 4.
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