Remembering An American HeroPosted on 6/8/15 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear PH2 Carl William Hudgins Jr, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, Sir
We RememberPosted on 5/16/11 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgCarl is buried at Belton Cemetery, Belton,MO.
CARL WILLIAM HUDGINS, JR.Posted on 12/16/04 - by DAVID BURFORD email@example.comHEY, BUD, IT'S ME, DAVID BURFORD. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I'M STILL AROUND. WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS BACK AT THE STATION IT WAS LIKE SOME GUY HAD GIVEN ME A GRENADE TO HOLD, PULLED THE PIN, AND WALKED AWAY. AFTER ALL THIS TIME, I'M STILL HOLDING THE GRENADE. THIS IS THE WAY PACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES CARRIED THE STORY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 1969: "MINE KILLS CHAPLAIN, 3 AFVN NEWSMEN. S&S, VIETNAM BUREAU. SAIGON - THREE ARMED FORCES TELEVISION NETWORK NEWSMEN, A CHAPLAIN, AND TWO OTHER AMERICAN SERICEMEN WERE KILLED SATURDAY WHEN THEIR TRUCK STRUCK A MINE ABOUT SEVEN MILES SOUTH OF DANANG, U.S. HEADQUARTERS SAID THURSDAY. THE NEWSMEN KILLED WERE JO1 WILLIAM R. WILSON,27, A WRITER FROM KANSAS CITY, MO; PH2 CARL W. HUDGINS, 21, A PHOTOGRAPHER FROM BELTON, MO; AND ROBERT G. STRICKLIN, 26, A PHOTOGRAPHER FROM REDONDO BEACH, CA. ANNOUNCEMENT HAD BEEN WITHHELD UNTIL KIN WERE NOTIFIED. THE TRIO WAS FILMING THE FINAL EPISODE OF A SIX PART SERIES ON THE ACTIVITIES OF MILITARY CHAPLAINS IN VIETNAM. THE SEGMENT, TITLED "THE CIRCUIT RIDER" WAS DESIGNED TO SHOW CHAPLAINS WORKING CLOSE TO SOLDIERS IN COMBAT. THE SERIES' TECHNICAL ADVISOR, ARMY CHAPLAIN DON L. BARTLEY, WAS ALSO KILLED, AS WERE HIS ASSISTANT AND THE THREE-QUARTER TON TRUCK'S DRIVER. THE ASSISTANT AND DRIVER WERE NOT IDENTIFIED. THE AMERICAN FORCES VIETNAM NETWORK (AFVN) IS AN ADJUNCT OF THE U.S. COMMAND, AND COVERS SOUTH VIETNAM WITH A BLANKET OF AM AND FM RADIO AND TELEVISION. OF ITS MORE THAN 200 SERVICEMEN, ABOUT 30 ARE CONSTANTLY IN THE FIELD GATHERING NEWS AND FEATURE MATERIAL FOR THE NETWORK. EACH OF THE NEWSMEN HAD BEEN WITH AFVN ABOUT A YEAR. CHAPLAIN BARTLEY WAS ALSO WITHIN A MONTH OF HIS ROTATION DATE. AFTER 11 FRONT-LINE MONTHS WITH THE AMERICAL DIVISION HE HAD BEEN SENT TO SAIGON TO WORK ON THE TELEVISION SERIES, A PROJECT HE THOUGHT WAS IMPORTANT."MORE
ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HIM, O LORD. LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE. SEMPER FI, BUD.
Brother-In-Law - FriendPosted on 12/31/03 - by Terry P. Doepke firstname.lastname@example.orgBuddy was my Brother-In-Law. We were both in the Navy, but never met until I married his sister. We were able to hook up several times over the next couple of years. Nice guy. Never heard a negative word out of him. He had already spent one tour in Vietnam and was heading back for another. He flew back to Vietnam with my squadron (VR-883) out of NAS Olathe, KS and worked just like he was one of the aircrew. If I had known the ultimate outcome of that ride, I never would have let him get aboard that plane. Nearly a year later, as fate would have it, I was shipping out of San Francisco for Vietnam the same day the Navy brought his body into San Francisco on his way back to Belton for the funeral service. The Navy wouldn't let me go back home for the service. I read the account of what happened in the Stars & Stripes when I was in Vietnam. He had so much life left and so much potential, but he died defending freedom; something he felt was worth dying for. We wish we could have seen what he might have done with his life, but are so proud of what he did do. He will always be remembered and missed.MORE
BuddyPosted on 12/16/03 - by Victor A. DoepkeCarl was my sister-in-laws brother. We all knew him as Buddy. I was in Da Nang the day he was killed. Unfortunately,I wasn't able to be contacted or I woould have escorted him home.MORE
God bless you Buddy.
Thank you MatePosted on 6/8/03 - by Donald LytleAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you Carl William Hudgins, Jr., for your courageous and valiant service, years of faithfully contributing, and most holy sacrifice, given to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Mate, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!
Again, thank you Sailor, for a job well done!
FAIR WINDS, AND ETERNAL PEACE MY FRIEND
We remember BuddyPosted on 10/21/99 - by Joe Stokes JustCallJoe@cs.comBuddy, I didn't even know his name was Carl until now, was a classmate at William Jewell as well as a fraternity brother.MORE
What can I say? Buddy was one hell of a guy and everyone enjoyed his company. He was a Missouri guy and he was humble, yet outgoing and fun to be around. He was bright and he loved life. Buddy was doing his job for his Country when he died and I know it was a terrible loss for his family. We still miss him.
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.