Carl William Hudgins, Jr

Photographer 2nd Class
United States Navy
18 October 1944 - 08 June 1969
Belton, Missouri
Panel 23W Line 110


Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Carl William Hudgins, Jr

31 Dec 2003

Buddy 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 Naval Air Station Olathe, Kansas, 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.

From his brother-in-law,
Terry Doepke

A Note from The Virtual Wall

3rd Bn, 7th Marines Command Chronology

7th Marines Operations Log

The two entries above explain what happened - the vehicle carrying a MACV Chaplain, the photo team, and their driver and "door gunner" was destroyed by a mine, killing all six men. They were
  • HQ Co, 7th Marines
    • LCpl Roger L. Young, Cocoa, FL, driver
    • Pfc Gale L. Barnes, Marshall, MI, security man

  • HQ, MACV
    • Chaplain (LTC) Don L. Bartley, Rockbridge Baths, VA

  • Photo Team
    • PH1 Robert G. Stricklin, Santa Ana, CA
    • JO1 William R. Wilson, Kansas City, MO
    • PH2 Carl W. Hudgins, Belton, MO

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his brother-in-law,
Terry Doepke

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 1 Jan 2004
Last updated 12/24/2007