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Joseph Hudson | Multiple Units - Army

7:07   |   He loved the Army and he loved America, but over a twenty year career, Joseph Hudson experienced a lot of odd slights and disappointments that could only be explained by racism. Still, he holds his love for country true.

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WWII
  • Joseph Hudson  |  WWII  |  3100th Quartermaster Salvage Repair Co.  |  5:17

    In 1944, Joseph Hudson volunteered for the draft, seeking excitement. He trained in complete separation from white soldiers, going to basic training and then administration school. He got off a boat in Calcutta and went to work in supply at a quartermaster outfit that was salvaging equipment from the Burma Road.

  • Joseph Hudson  |  WWII  |  3100th Quartermaster Salvage Repair Co.  |  3:41

    It was a completely different place. Joseph Hudson saw things in Calcutta that he never could have imagined. There was a mess kit thieving bird that swooped down from the sky. There were snake and mongoose battles staged for your entertainment and there were monkeys that went for a daily walk.

  • Joseph Hudson  |  WWII  |  Multiple Units  |  4:30

    Joseph Hudson was in Calcutta when the war ended and was home soon because his four children gave him high points. He was only out of the Army a couple of months before he re-enlisted. He just felt more comfortable in the service.

  • Joseph Hudson  |  WWII  |  Multiple Units  |  3:08

    Retired from the Army, Joseph Hudson laments the difficulties faced by today's soldiers, who face more complicated conflicts than he did. He still holds his love for country close, despite the racism he faced in his career, like a frustrating incident he remembers involving General George Patton.

Korea
  • Joseph Hudson  |  Korea  |  56th Army Band  |  4:45

    He was stationed in Japan in an anti-aircraft artillery outfit, when he started another Army band, like he had back at his last post. Joseph Hudson had no idea that the band would be kept intact after the Korean War broke out, but it was.

Cold War
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