Col. James Dennis Hudson USAF Ret., age 91, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital–Golden Triangle. Services will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 2:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Billy Ferguson officiating. Burial with U.S. Air Force Honors will follow at Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Wednesday one hour prior to service. Col. Hudson was born on Wednesday, February 8, 1922, in Vernon, AL to the late Hubert and Ovella Ward Hudson. He was a member of the 7th Street Church of Christ. He was a graduate of S.D. Lee High School; he then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. at Columbus Air Force Base in 1942. He flew B24 bombers with the 8th Air Force during WWII with 30 missions over Germany. After the war, he attended Mississippi State University studying pre-med and was then recalled to active duty for the Berlin Airlift flying C-54’s. He graduated next from the Military Aviation School of Medicine in San Antonio, TX in 1950, and immediately entered the Korean Conflict, stationed in Japan. Afterwards, he was stationed at the Pentagon for four years in medical intelligence. Next, he went to the Air War College in Montgomery, AL, and then was assigned to London, England in 1957 as a military intelligence officer, receiving spy photos from the U-2 flight over Russia during the Cold War. He served two tours in Vietnam, first as the commander of the Monkey Mountain Radar Site in 1965 and then as the squadron commander of the 41st tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron in 1968. He served as base commander at Suffolk County AFB in Long Island, K.I. Sawyer AFB, in Marquette, Michigan, and Rome AFB in Rome, New York. He served two years as Military Air Group advisor in La Paz, Bolivia. The Pentagon granted him special permission to wear the Bolivian Air Force Wings beneath his USAF Wings. He retired in September 1974 after 30 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lanny Hudson. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Margaret Frazier Hudson of Columbus MS; son, Dennis Hudson, Jr., ofColumbus, MS; sisters, Faye King of Winter Garden, FL and Doris Wingfield of Orlando, FL; and brothers, Thomas Waverly Hudson of Newnan, GA and Maury Hudson of Leesburg, FL. Pallbearers will be members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be General Joe Fant, Dr. Saul Vydas and Judge Bob Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on April 2, 2013
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