Hudgens, James Robert, SA

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Last Rank
Seaman Apprentice
Last Primary NEC
SA-0000-Seaman Apprentice
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Apprentice
Primary Unit
1951-1952, SA-0000, USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
Service Years
1951 - 1952
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon

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Casualty Info
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Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Apr 21, 1952
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Memorial Park - Tucson, Arizona
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Block 34

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In April 1952, Saint Paul participated in combined air-sea attacks against the ports of Wonsan and Chongjin.

On 21 April, while the cruiser was engaged in gun fire support operations, a sudden and serious powder fire broke out in her forward 8-inch (203 mm) turret. Thirty men died. The explosion occurred in the turret's left gun, which was loaded but had the breech open. The gun captain thought the weapon had fired and told the gun's rammerman to ram another projectile into the gun's breech. The gun blew up, setting off two other powder bags in the powder hoist.


                       LOCATION: AT SEA

                     EAST SEA OFF KOJO

                       BURIAL LOCATION


Seaman (E2) Hudgens served was a crew member of the cruiser USS SAINT PAUL (CA-73). On April 21, 1952, while firing on enemy installations at the Kojo area off the east coast of North Korea, there was an explosion in a gun turret killing him.

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  1951, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
  1951-1952, SA-0000, USS Saint Paul (CA-73)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
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The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial Korean War FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, Korean War Fallen
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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