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Thomas Hudner has passed

November 14 2017 at 9:23 PM
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Thomas J. Hudner Jr., then a 26-year-old Navy pilot with the rank of lieutenant junior grade, did not radio for permission on Dec. 4, 1950, when amid a punishing battle in the Korean War he purposely crash-landed his plane into an enemy mountainside in an effort to rescue a downed squadron mate. He simply swept in, he said, to do what his comrade would surely have done for him.

His dying friend, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, 24, was the son of Mississippi sharecroppers and the first African American naval aviator. Hudner, a future captain, was white, a New Englander from a well-to-do family and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

For their communion that day in the Korean snow, Capt. Hudner would receive the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award for valor, and both would be remembered as paragons of the newly integrated U.S. military forces. Capt. Hudner, 93, died Nov. 13 at his home in Concord, Mass. He had complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his son, Tom Hudner III.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/thomas-j-hudner-jr-military-and-civil-rights-hero-of-korean-war-dies-at-93/2017/11/14/1b2a4b4c-c8bc-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?tid=ss_mail&utm_term=.e40095eeca5a

 
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