Sam Hudson (US Navy)
Sam Hudson graduated from high school in early June of 1963 and enlisted in the Navy for four years. The first two years, Sam had shore duty at N. A. S. Quonset Point, R.I. as the Crash Crew (airport fire department).
He was transferred to the U.S.S. Intrepid, CVA 11 out of Norfolk, VA because of a manpower shortage working on the flight deck. Every day there was action with a deployment date to Vietnam April 6 1966. The trip to Yankee Station, North Vietnam took 30 days and worked with another carrier, the U.S.S. Intrepid running ” flight ops” 24 hours a day for weeks at a time known as Rolling Thunder. Before returning home, there was an important two-day stop at the equator promoting Sam from a pollywog to a shellback.
In 1967, Sam was discharged and landed a job at the local Post Office. Thirteen years later, in 1980, Sam transferred to a second Post Office with his wife and two year old daughter. Shortly after the move, Sam divorced, remained single, and for seventeen years and raised his daughter. In July of 2000, Sam married and by 2010 moved to Springfield, MO with his wife and three children. After 43 years, he retired from the Postal Service in 2006.
Sam joined the VVA Chapter 952 in 2011 and enjoys helping veterans and families of veterans in need.
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