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 Albert Leroy Hudson

Albert Leroy Hudson

Birth
Ocean View, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Death 25 Oct 1944 (aged 29)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 118733718 · View Source
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Son of Rufus and Lena V. Hudson.

Albert served as a Chief Motor Machinist's Mate, U.S.S. Tang, U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Washington prior to the war.

Albert was declared "Missing In Action" during the war. ( see below story )

He was awarded the "Bronze Star" and the Purple Heart.

Service # 2658016

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US Navy WORLD WAR II
Chief Motor Machinist's Mate, Albert L. Hudson MIA/KIA
Official Date of Death: December 07, 1945
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Service # 2658016
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Navy Presidential Unit Citation W/Star
Navy Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal,
Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia
Captain: Richard H. O'Kane MIA/KIA

Ship: USS TANG SS-306
Mission: Fifth war patrol
Mission Date: 25-Oct-44
Location: Formosa Strait near Turnabout Island
Cause: Sunk by circular run of own torpedo
Crew: of 78 MIA/KIA 9 Survivors POW

The story of Tang's fate comes from the report of her surviving commanding officer.
After a refit, Tang stood out to sea on 24 September for her fifth war patrol.
October 25 the 24th and last torpedo was fired. It broached and curved to the left in a circular run. Tang fishtailed under emergency power to clear the turning circle of the torpedo, but it struck her abreast the aft torpedo room approximately 20 seconds after it was fired. The explosion was violent, and men as far forward as the control room received broken limbs. The ship went down by the stern with the after three compartments flooded. Of the nine officers and men on the bridge, including O'Kane, three were able to swim through the night until picked up eight hours later. One officer escaped from the flooded conning tower, and was rescued with the others.

The submarine bottomed at 180 ft (55 m) and the thirty survivors crowded into the forward torpedo room as the aft compartments flooded, intending to use the forward escape trunk. Publications were burned, and all assembled in the forward room to escape. The escape was delayed by a Japanese patrol which dropped depth charges, and started an electrical fire in the forward battery. Beginning at 6:00 AM on 25 October, using the Momsen Lung, "the only known case" where it was used, thirteen men escaped from the forward torpedo room. By the time the last had exited, the heat from the battery fire was so intense, paint on the bulkhead was scorching, melting, and running down. Of the 13 men who escaped, only nine reached the surface, and of these, five were able to swim until rescued. A total of 78 men were lost. Those who escaped the submarine were greeted in the morning by the sight of the bow of the transport sticking straight out of the water.

Nine survivors, including O'Kane, were picked up the next morning by Japanese frigate CD-34. Survivors of Tang's previous sinkings were on board, and they beat the men from Tang. O'Kane stated, "When we realized that our clubbing and kickings were being administered by the burned, mutilated survivors of our handiwork, we found we could take it with less prejudice." The nine captives were placed in prison camps until the end of the war.

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Gravesite Details Entered the Service From: Washington

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: Jeff Hall
  • Added: 15 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 118733718
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Albert Leroy Hudson (15 Sep 1915–25 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 118733718, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .