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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