HUDSON, HENRY M.
Name: Henry M. Hudson Branch/Rank: CIVILIAN Unit: Date of Birth: 09 MAR 1908 (deceased 07 feb 1998) Home City of Record: Mecklenburg VA Date of Loss: 20-December-65 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 105703 North 1064420 East Status (in 1973): Esacapee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Auto Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Otto Shutton/Shulton/Schulten/Scholton; Edwin D Jones; Chung Can Xoung Refno: 0214
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File.
REMARKS: JCRC says "Rescued"
(NYT, (2 articles), 21 &22 Dec 1965 - "GI's rescue 3 civilians kidnapped (sic) by Vietcong", "US Civilian tells of his rescue from Vietcong").
Here's an ovreview of the articles:
Just before Christmas Day, 1965, four RMK-BRJ (Navy contractor) employees - Americans Hank Hudson and Edwin Jones, along with Otto Shulton (a Hollander by birth who became a naturalized Canadian citizen) and their Vietnamese driver, Chung Can Xoung, went to inspect a rock quarry just north of Saigon. Near the village of Dian they stopped to examine the rocky edge of a wooded area when three heavily armed VC appeared out of nowherer and captured them. After confiscating their shoes and giving them sandals, their captors led them into the jungle toward Cambodia, passing the 4 POW's from one group of soldiers to the next in a relay-like system. The prisoners walked for approximately twenty miles along various trails that day.
While heading down a deserted road just after midnight, the VC party of 25 soldiers encountered an American First Infantry Division (Big Red One) patrol unit - an element of the 2nd Bn, 16th Inf Reg, under the command of 1LT George Steinberg. A 20-minute firefight ensued. Hudson, Jones, and Chung safely dove into a ditch, but Shulton died in the hail of bullets. The two American prisoners later reported that the Canadian had been shot in the back by one of the guerrilla guards. he VC soon slipped away leaving their tied-up captives behind. When Hudson overheard the platoon commander calling in a mortar barrage, he cried out to identify himself as an American. After correctly answering questions about California's geography and the most recent World Series winners to h elp prove it, the US forces recovered the three surviving employees.
Hudson, a 25-year construction veteran, had worked on dams and airfields in Afghanistan, Venezuela, and Morocco before going to Vietnam in 1961. He was RMK's General Manager at the time of this incident.
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