To Our Service, Fire & Police Personnel - January 2019
Private - First Special Service Forces
U.S. Army - World War II
born in Charlotte County, VA. on February 18, 1924, the fifth of eight
to Joel L. and Lula Virginia Scott Hudson. He was raised on
the home farm and educated in the public school system.
age of nineteen, on 26 April of 1943, Allen found himself in Richmond,
Virginia where he enlisted in the U.S. Army in support of the United
States' efforts in World War II raging in Europe and the Far
East. He was assigned serial number 33-635-271 as a
Private. It must have been quite an adjustment for him, having
grown up in the rolling hills of central Virginia, to find himself
undergoing commando training in the rugged Rocky Mountains of western
Montana later that year.
On July 20, 1942 the Army organized a special skills fighting
unit known as the First Special Service Force. It was a volunteer
joint American-Canadian commando unit located at Fort William
Henry Harrison in Helena, Montana. This elite unit was the model for
our present day SEAL, Delta Forces, Green Berets, etc. units. There
they received rigorous and intensive training in hand-to-hand combat,
use of demolition explosives, parachuting, rock-climbing, mountain
warfare, use of non-standard weaponry and winter fighting techniques.
formation patch consisted of a red spearhead, with USA written
horizontally and CANADA written vertially. In October of 1943 the
FSSF was transferred to Italy in the European Campaign, where its
usefullness was tested in difficult combat situations and the
effectiveness of their training was soon realized and verified. It was
through their daring nighttime raids that they got their nickname. In a
captured German officer's diary they found reference to "black devils"
or Devil's Brigade so it was adopted and in 1968 Hollywood honored the
soldiers in a war drama called "The Devil's Brigade".
Allen Hudson was killed in action against the Germans on May 24, 1944
at Anzio, Roma, Lazio, Italy. He is buried in the Mount Calvary
United Methodist Church Cemetery, Drakes Branch, Charlotte Co., VA.
you for your service!