Lieutenant Donald Hudson was born in Topeka on December 21, 1895.  He served with the 27th Aero Squadron from November 1917 until the end of the war.  He was able to claim six victories, one more than was needed to be an ace.  He also received the Distinguished Service Cross.

After the war he became an instructor with the Bolivian Air Force.  In this role he was able to perform a number of record setting flights, and exercised considerable influence.  Unfortunately, a crash removed him from that influence.

Hudson died on June 11, 1967 at Fort Meade, Maryland.  He was buried at Arlington.

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Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.