Earl Judd was stationed in the Pacific Theater of Operation during WWII. First in Ft. Lewis , Washington, then on to Hawaii (near Hilo) before combat action on the Phililppeans (near Luzon).
He received the Purple Heart while in service.
Before the war Judd lived and worked on a farm in Illinois. He joined the Regular Army and was assigned to the 33rd Division (which started as an Illinois National Gard Unit). He remained in the 33rd Infantry Division while he was in Washington State.
Sent to California, Judd was assigned to the 185th Regiment, 40th Infantry Division and from there went overseas. First to Hawaii for about 6 months and then to the Philippeans in mid 1943.
He is very proud of his military service, and upon exiting the military eventually worked for the U.S. Army as an employee in the Civil Service System at Fort Knox for 34 years.
He will be 82 years old in Sept, of this year.