Edward Braxson Hudson

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Edward Braxson Hudson 1924-1944
Edward only lived 20 years.  He was much loved and respected by family, his friends and the community.  The pictures below came from the collections of his sisters and brothers, and as far as we know are all the pictures ever taken of him.

Edward Braxson Hudson - 1924

Edward Braxson Hudson - 1929

Edward and Lillian  Hudson - 1929

Edward, Lucille and Lillian Hudson - 1930

Edward Braxson Hudson: Left photo 1934, Right photo 1936

Edward Braxson Hudson - 1939-40 school year

Edward Braxson Hudson - 1940

 

Left photo: Lucille, Edward and Lillian Hudson - 1940, Right photo: Maudie and Edward Hudson - 1940

Edward Braxson Hudson - 1941

 

Edward Braxson Hudson - 1941

 

Edward Braxson Hudson - 1941

Edward Braxson Hudson - 1941

Edward Braxson Hudson - 1942

Unfortunately this old photo from about 1942 deteriorated over the years, but since there are so few photographs of Edward's short life we decided to include it.  He wrote on the back of this photograph: "I weigh 170 lbs. now and am 6 ft. tall."  We have included his handwriting at the bottom of the photograph.

Edward Hudson (left) boxing in the Navy - 1942

Edward Hudson's Navy ID Card - 1942

Edward Hudson's Service Patch - 1942

 

Aunt Eliza Davis and Edward Braxson Hudson - 1944

Edward Hudson (right) with his buddy J.P. Johnson - 1944

Edward Braxson Hudson - 1944

Left to right: Bertha Snowden, Edward Hudson
and Mary Snowden - September 11, 1944

Edward Hudson and friend - 1944

This is the summary of Edward's Navy service.  Lillian Pleasant told us that during the period "U.S. Submarine Base, Navy #128, From 10-2-43 To 8-17-44," that Edward was assigned to a submarine in the Pacific theatre of the war.  She said when he returned in 1944, he told them a story about the submarine he was on sailing into a Japanese harbor and a large defense net closing behind them blocking their retreat.  They had to silently submerge and rest on the bottom of the harbor until morning so they could escape without being discovered and destroyed.  Edward died two weeks after he got home on leave from the war so very little information about his military service survived.

This is a letter received by Lillian Pleasant when she inquired about Edward's military service


Sadly, Edward was killed in an automobile accident September 16, 1944 while home on leave.
Here are two newspaper articles about the accident:

Two newspaper articles about the death of EDWARD BRAXSON HUDSON:

    INQUEST CALLED IN HUDSON DEATH --- A coroner's jury was empanelled early Saturday morning to investigate the death of EDWARD BRAXSON HUDSON, sailor, who was killed late Thursday night in an automobile accident on the Ferry Pass highway.
    The body of Hudson was moved from the Naval hospital where it was taken following the accident, early Saturday morning to the Lloyd-Fauria Funeral parlors where the jury viewed the body. The jury recessed until Friday at 3 P M when an inquest will be held.
    Tallo L. Matthews, 28, of Mobile, driver of a truck which Hudson's car struck is being held on a technical charge of manslaughter.  He is at liberty under $1,500 bond.
    Funeral services for Hudson will be held at 4 PM Sunday from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Braxton Hudson in Milton. Burial will be in the Milton cemetery with full military honors. The Rev. A. L. Williams and Chaplain Riley of Whiting field will officiate.
    Besides his parents he is survived by his grandmother, Mrs. Lillie Rogers; grandfather C.C. Hudson. one brother. Hulon Hudson; and four sisters. Mrs. Lillian Pleasant. Mrs. Lucille Stangeland and Misses Lorraine and Lois Hudson.
  
SOURCE: The Pensacola News, Saturday, Sept. 16, 1944
COPIED BY: IDA MAE HINOTE HUDSON, 01/06/1988

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EDWARD HUDSON LOSES LIFE in AUTO ACCIDENT:-
On Furlough After Two Years South Pacific Duty:-

    It's safer in the South Pacific than on the highways here at home. Or at least that's how it happened in the case of EDWARD BRAXSON HUDSON, MM 3/C, son of Mr. and Mrs. Braxton Hudson of Milton, and was killed late Thursday night in an automobile accident on the Ferry Pass highway. The body of Hudson was moved from the Naval Hospital. where it was taken following the accident, early Saturday morning, to a Pensacola funeral parlor where a coroner's jury viewed the body and recessed until Friday, when an inquest will be held.
    Meanwhile Tallo L. Matthews, 28 of Mobile, driver of a truck which Hudson's car struck, is being held on a technical charge of manslaughter, his appearance bond being set at $1,500.
    Funeral services for Hudson were held at four o'clock Sunday P.M. from the home of his parents here. Burial with full military honors was in Milton cemetery with Rev. A.L. Williams and Chaplain Riley of Whiting Field officiating.
    Besides his parents the deceased is survived by his grandmother, Mrs. Lillie Rogers and grandfather Mr. C.C. Hudson; one brother Hulon Hudson; four sisters, Mrs. Lillian Pleasant, Mrs. Lucille Stangeland and Lorraine and Lois Hudson.

SOURCE: THE MILTON GAZETTE, Thursday, September 21, 1944
COPIED BY: IDA MAE HINOTE HUDSON, 01/06/1988

 

Edward Braxson Hudson's grave site - September 17, 1944

Edward Braxson Hudson's grave site - September 17, 1944

Edward Braxson Hudson's grave site - September 17, 1944

Edward Braxson Hudson's grave stone in Milton Cemetery

 

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