Tuesday, July 12, 2016

SSG Mabron Bruce Hudnall

courtesy of Frogman
SSG Mabron Bruce Hudnall was born 3 Sep 1917 in Butler County, Kentucky to William Clinton and Beulah Mae (Belcher) Hudnall.  The family farmed.  In 1940, Bruce (as he was apparently called) was working as a truck driver and reported a 1939 income of $1000. 

Bruce was drafted in September 1941.  After his training he was sent to England and assigned to I Company 116th Infantry.  He trained with that unit for the D-Day landings at Omaha beach and particpated in that landing with that unit as a SGT.  He was wounded by shrapnel in the left eye on 15 Jun 1944 but it must not have been too serious a wound because he remained on duty. On 20 Jun 1944 he was promoted to SSG and served as a platoon sergeant.  SSG Hudnall was killed in action on 12 Jul 1944.

SSG Hudnall is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.  Bruce's one brother, Harvey Clay Hudnall served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 ending his service as a T5.

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