The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Joseph Ezekiel Hudson Jr., who died in the service of his country on February 21st, 1968 in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Truck Hit Mine on Convoy from LZ Ross. At the time of his death Joseph was 23 years of age. He was from Deerfield Beach, Florida. Joseph is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 40E, Line 53.
The decorations earned by PFC Joseph Ezekiel Hudson Jr. include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
(His Bronze Star Citation)
For meritorious service in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Private First Class Hudson distinguished himself while serving with Company B, 2/35th Infantry during the period July 1967 to February 1968. Private First Class Hudson immediately demonstrated a working knowledge of infantry tactics and leadership ability. He always remained calm in dangerous situations but reacted quickly when the need arose. He soon earned the position of Fire Team Leader. He aggressively accepted the responsibilities and promptly earned the respect of his men and superiors through his disciplined control of his team and constant concern for its welfare. Whether on a combat assault, a search and destroy mission, or manning a listening post; he always led his team well and contributed significantly to the successes of his unit's mission. On 21 February 1968, Private First Class Hudson was on a resupply convoy returning from a forward fire base near Que Son, Quang Tin Province, when the vehicle he was riding in hit a hidden enemy mine, He was mortally wounded by the resulting explosion. Private First Class Hudson's outstanding achievements, professional integrity, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.