Mineral Wells Index
— Allen V. (Babe) Hudspeth passed away at 8:40 a.m. on May 8, 2013, at his home with his loving family at his side. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 12, 6-8 p.m., at Baum Carlock Bumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells.
Graveside services will be held Monday, May 13, at 1 p.m. at Woodland Park Cemetery.
Babe was born in Rochester on Jan. 5, 1922, to James and Virgie (Foster) Hudspeth. Babe and his siblings were raised by his mother after his dad died at an early age. He married the love of his life, Lottie Grace Siler, on Feb. 14, 1940, and they were together for 73 years before Grace passed away Feb. 9, 2013.
When Babe was only 16 years old, World War II was well underway and with the urging of his three older brothers, he enlisted in the Texas National Guard 124th Cavalry Regiment in Mineral Wells and began training with the F Troop, a horse-mounted regiment. He was sent to Fort Bliss in El Paso for three months training and then to Fort Ringgold, Rio Grande City, for two years.
In April 1942, Babe and about two dozen others were sent to join the F Troop of their sister unit, 112th Cavalry Regiment, in the South Pacific. Babe went first to the French Island of New Caledonia and Australia to train and get equipment while several of his brothers went to clear the Burma Road between China and India. They had to leave their horses behind when they left for the jungle island battles. Babe saw his first action when they helped take the island of New Britain.
The group was sent in to the middle of the island to distract the Japanese forces for the main assault on Gloucester. Though the group had artillery and anti-aircraft support, they were a “regimental combat unit” and were not attached to a larger group and had no support. The battle involved around 6,000 Americans against a force of 100,000 Japanese, taking place for several days, until the 1st Marine Division took over the airport and other important areas in Gloucester.
After several battles in New Guinea and Philippines area, including Altape and Leyte, they attacked the biggest island in the Philippines, Luzon, in January, 1945.
Several months into the battle he was allowed home on leave and was discharged in San Antonio in August 1945. After the Liberation of the Philippines, Babe was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Stars and the Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star.
Babe reenlisted into the Air Force and was stationed at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio where he was discharged in 1949. Babe was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion.
After the war Babe was hired by J.L. Cox & Sons Pipeline Construction in Raytown, Mo., and became superintendent. He left that job after 20 years of service and worked for the County of Palo Pinto. He later was elected as Commissioner for Palo Pinto County Precinct 1 and served for three terms until he retired.
Babe had many friends from the F Troop, VFW, The American Legion and in the county of Palo Pinto whom he cherished. He loved to visit with his friends and would extend his hand to help anyone he thought needed help. He will be truly missed by all his friends and family here as he rejoices in Heaven with his “sweet Grace,” all his F Troop buddies and the many friends that preceded him in death.
He is survived by his son, Allen Hudspeth Jr. and wife Kay; grandsons, Michael Hudspeth, Eric (Ricky) Hudspeth and Jerry Locker; granddaughters, Theresa McCachran, Lisa Sagona and husband Jimmy, Connie Krynicki, Kim Sund and husband Gene, Dana Griffith and husband Sam, Patty White and husband Sherwood; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Lottie Grace Hudspeth; his parents; four brothers; two sisters; and a great-grandson.
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