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Lewis Cheatham Hudson, Sr
Birth: Jul. 29, 1910
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jul. 24, 2001
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

United States Marine Corps Brigadier General. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1917. Upon graduation on June 4, 1921 he was commissioned a United States Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant and was assigned to the Basic School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The following June, he was assigned to the Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia, as a member of the Marine Corps Rifle and Pistol Team Squad. In February 1923, he sailed for Guam where he remained until May 1925. While there, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in December 1924. Following his return from Guam, he reported to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, and was selected for the Parris Island Rifle and Pistol Team. He fired with the Quantico Team in May 1926 during the Quantico Rifle and Pistol Matches. Transferred to Wakefield, Massachusetts, that June, he was a competitor with the Wakefield Rifle and Pistol Team, and subsequently commanded the Wakefield Marine Detachment. In November 1936 he became Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Institute, Marine Barracks, Washington D.C. During his assignment, he served temporary duty as captain of the Elliott Trophy Team in the Eastern United States and was commended as captain and shooting member of the team winning the Wirgman Trophy in 1938. He was promoted to Captain in January 1938. From June to August 1938, he attended Gunnery School on the “USS Minneapolis”. In August 1938, he began two years' duty as Commander of the Marine Detachment aboard the “USS Quincy”. He returned to Quantico in September 1940 as an instructor in connection with the forming of the first Officer Candidates Class at Marine Corps Schools. In May 1941, he became Plans and Training Officer for Officer Candidate Classes. He was promoted to Major in January 1942 and to Lieutenant Colonel in August 1942. Ordered to Marine Barracks New River (later Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, he assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines in October 1942. Upon formation of the 4th Marine Division, he with one-half of his battalion, was transferred to the new organization. With his battalion, he was transferred the following August to Camp Pendleton California. As Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, he embarked for the Pacific area in January 1944, and participated in assault landings at Kwajalein, Saipan Tinian and Iwo Jima. The Legion of Merit with Combat "V" was awarded to him for outstanding service on Saipan and Tintan. He was wounded on Iwo Jima during the action for which he was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism, on February 19th and 20th, 1945. His citation reads in part: "Landing on D-Day in the face of intense hostile fire, Lieutenant Colonel Hudson continuously exposed himself in the forward area of the beachhead to encourage and direct his subordinates in the attack. By his personal example of fearlessness, he inspired his men to move forward in the attack despite heavy mortar, artillery, machine-gun and rifle fire and to seize its sector of the initial beachhead, which consisted of the high ground adjacent to an airfield and a considerable area of a heavily fortified cliff line. On 20 February, when his battalion was subsequently pinned down, Lieutenant Colonel Hudson repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire in order to supervise and coordinate the attack. Although suffering painful wounds he refused medical aid until all other casualties had been given treatment, continuing to supervise the attack until replaced by a new battalion commander." He was evacuated to the United States for hospitalization. In June 1945, he was assigned to the Troop Training Unit, Training Command, Amphibious Forces, San Diego, California. He served there in various capacities including, Chief of Planning Section and Assistant Team Chief, School Team. Following his detachment in August 1947, he was enrolled at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was promoted to Colonel in June 1948 upon graduation from the college. In July 1948, he became Assistant Plans Officer Commander, United States Naval Forces, Western Pacific. A month later he went overseas for duty in China, remaining there until 1949. In July of that year, he was named United States Military Observer to the United Nations' Palestine Mission, Jerusalem. While serving in this capacity, he was appointed President of the Mixed Armistice Commission (MAC) of the United Nations, serving first as Chairman on the Syrian Israeli MAC and then as Chairman on the Jordan-Israeli MAC. He returned to the United States in March 1950. After serving on the Marine Corps Equipment Policy Panel at Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, he entered the National War College Washington, D.C., in August 1950. He also completed the Special Weapons Project Orientation Course Sandia Base, New Mexico, prior to graduating from the War College. In June 1951, he was named Assistant to the Representative of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Senior Staff National Security Council, Washington D.C. Transferred to Quantico in July 1953, he served three years as President of the Marine Corps Tactics and Board, and as Director of the Marine Corps Development Center. He assumed duty as Commanding General, Leading Force Training Unit, Amphibious Training Command Atlantic Fleet, Little Creek, Virginia, on June 30 1956, and was promoted to Brigadier General the following day. Two years later, he was ordered to the Far East, becoming Assistant Division Commander of the 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa in June 1958. Leaving Okinawa in August 1959, he returned to the United States and assumed duty at Headquarters Marine Corps the following month. There he served as Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations and Training), until October 1960 then as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, until his retirement, June 30, 1961. In addition to the Navy Cross and the Legion of Merit with Combat "V", his medals and decorations include: the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star indicative of a second award, the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet clasp, the American Campaign Medal the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp, the National Defense Service Medal; and the Brazilian Letter of Commendation. He also held the Marine Corps' Distinguished Rifleman Rating. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
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  Anne Marking Hudson (1912 - 1997)
Brig Gen US Marine Corps World War II Korea Vietnam. NC PH
Note: s/w Anne Marking Hudson
West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Section J, Grave 5277
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Record added: Feb 06, 2004
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