Scope and Contents
Audiotape contains recordings of a firefight on 14 September 1969 on Highway 311 several miles south of Fire Support Base Buttons and Song Be City in which Sergeant Donald Sidney Skidgel was killed. Less than a quarter of a linear foot of typed transcript of the aforementioned recording that includes an introduction, index to radio call signals use, glossary, epilogue, and map. A copy of the Operational Report for August 1969 for Troop D, 1st Squadron (Airmobile), 9th Calvary, 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile), which contains the report with additional details, elaborations, corrections and classifications provided by Andrew Hudson. Three rememberences: one for First Lieutenant Michael Herman Thomas, one for Sergeant Donald Sidney Skidgel, and one for Private First Class John Anthony Halladay; these men were killed in action on September 14, 1969. All three rememberences were written by Andrew Hudson.
Biographical / Historical
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew J. Hudson was born October 23, 1938 in Marshall, Texas. In March 1956 he enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard and was a Signal Wireman. After enlisting in the United States Air Force on July 1, 1957 and completing his basic and police training and certification, Airman Hudson was assigned to Paris, France responsible for the safety and security of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Commanding General. Honorably discharged from the United States Air Force he enlisted in the United States Army in January 1961 and following his training was assigned as Company Clerk, in the 757th Military Intelligence Brigade at Camp King in Oberusel, Germany. Private First Class Hudson attended the famous Seventh United States Army Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Bad Tolz, Germany and was later accepted for the Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Following jump school and the Armor Officer Basic Course, Second Lieutenant Hudson was assigned as a Cavalry Platoon Leader in Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Colonel Hudson served two tours of duty in Vietnam. His first tour there was from July 1966 to July 1967 where he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, as a Brigade staff officer, and as a Headquarters Detachment Commander. Colonel Hudson's second tour was from May 1969 to May 1970 where he served as Commander, Troop D, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, and as a G-3 Operations and General Staff Briefing officer. During his first tour, Colonel Hudson was in Phan Rang, Tuy Hoa, Pleiku, and Kontum. In early 1967, he made a parachute jump in the Central Highlands with 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. During his second tour he was on patrol east and north of Saigon and in Phuoc Vinh, Phuoc Long, Song Be, Phuoc Binh, and Fire Support Bases Judy and Buttons. Colonel Hudson received numerous awards including the Combat Infantry Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star Valor, Bronze Stars for Merit and Achievement, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, Army Commendation Medals, Good Conduct Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Ribbon, Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Honor Medal First Class, and many others. While on active duty he earned a BA in Business Management; a Masters in Counseling; and, was awarded a Command and General Staff College completion certificate. Colonel Hudson retired from the United States Army in 1982 after twenty-six years of military service for his country.