Passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Fay Boswell Hospice in Burlington, North Carolina. He was 94. Mr. Judd, who went by “Don”, was born to Lawrence and Mildred (Smith) Judd in Binghamton, New York on November 9, 1924. He grew up in Binghamton and had a brother Arthur (now deceased). After graduation from Binghamton High School in 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and upon completion of training was assigned to the 36th Infantry division as a mortarman. He eventually rose from private to sergeant in charge of his mortar battery. In 1943 his division was sent to North Africa to train for the invasion of Italy. He participated in the invasion of Salerno, the Rapido, and Monte Cassino campaigns, the invasion of Anzio and the liberation of Rome. His division then landed in Southern France and fought its way through France, Germany, and into Austria. Mr. Judd was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple heart and Combat Infantryman’s badge among other decorations. He was also awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his participation in the Colmar Pocket campaign.
Upon his return to the United States in 1946 he started his career with I.B.M. He worked in various locations for I.B.M. during his career as an engineer retiring in 1982. After retirement he moved to North Carolina, residing first in Fearrington Village and then at the Twin Lakes Community.
Don was very active in community activities such as the Lions Club, V.F.W. and the I.B.M. Quarter Century Club. He loved to play golf, read, sing, travel and other social and community activities.
Don is survived by his wife Shirley, daughters Tama and Shawn, his step-daughter Cheryl Murray, grandsons Michael Aniff and Joshua Ponsano, two great-granddaughters and his nephew Jeff (Diane) Judd. His extended family includes four step-grandchildren, one great grandson and all of the Murray family.
Don was a kind and gentle man despite the terrible experiences he went through defending this great country and his gentle ways will be sorely missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
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