Hamilton County

Cpl. Leland L. Hudson




Cpl. Leland L. Hudson of This City Given Service Medal.

Cpl. Leland Hudson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hudson of near this city, has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in the Tunisian campaign, according to word received here from the Webster City soldier now fighting with the Fifth army in Italy.

Corporal Hudson suffered a knee injury in the Tunisian drive in fighting during which his best friend, Pvt. William Elso Jurgens of Buffalo Center, was killed.

The Webster City serviceman left for Camp Claiborne, La., in February, 1941, to take preliminary training. Later he was transferred to North Ireland and still later moved to England for a very short time.

When the North African invasion opened, Corporal Hudson was transferred to that battle theater where he served as driver of a parts truck in which he distributed replacement parts along the front lines for repairing disabled mechanized equipment.

Upon conclusion of that successful allied campaign,, Corporal Hudson was transferred to Sicily. After fighting through that offensive, he was again moved to Italy.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Feb. 19, 1944


Leland Leroy Hudson was born Jan. 4, 1921 to James O. and Minnie I. Bever Hudson. He died Aug. 15, 1989 and is buried in Cedar Memorial Park, Cedar Rapids, IA.

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