This entry was posted on April 4, 2012 by jetpilotoverseas. It was filed under 1950's, F-80 Shooting Star, Korean War, L-2a, Lockheed, USAF .
Air Force Times
KOREA — The recruiting sergeant and the man he enlisted both think it is a good deal to join the Air Force, even to the point of combat missions. The pilot, 2d Lt. Robert V. Hudgens of the 67th Tactical reconnaissance Wing, ran into the man who persuaded him to join the Air Force, at a Korean air base. “I was walking from squadron operations to the dining hall when I noticed this fellow coming toward me”, the Shooting Star pilot said, “He looked kind of familiar, and as he came closer, I saw that it was Sgt. Terrell, the fellow who signed me up.” It was January, 1950, that S/Sgt. John W. Terrell Was on recruiting duty at Ada, Okla. when he first talked to Hudgens about the Air Cadet program. “I never thought I would see him again, so it came as some surprise to meet him over here,” the former recruiter said. “It always gives me a good feeling to know that one of the men I enlisted made good.” Lt. Hudgens promptly offered the sergeant a promised flight in his RF-80 that he flies on visual and photo reconnaissance missions over North Korea. Sgt. Terrell is in charge of the operations section of the photo interpretation center where aerial photos are scanned for information on Red installations and movements.
April 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm
Thank you for posting this. My father is John W. Terrell. I located Lt. Hudgens and had a long conversation with him over the phone. Unfortunately, my father had already passed. May I ask how you came across this photo and article? Katherine T.
August 22, 2015 at 9:18 am
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