Korean War Hero Who Crash-Landed to Save Navy's First Black Combat Pilot Buried at Arlington Cemetery

Capt. Thomas Hudner Jr. crash-landed to try to help his wingman and friend Ensign Jesse Brown, the Navy's first black combat pilot

A former U.S. Navy pilot who received the Medal of Honor for his heroics during the Korean War was buried Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Navy said Capt. Thomas Hudner Jr. was set to be laid to rest with full military honors during a ceremony scheduled to include a "missing man'' flyover by the squadron he flew with during the war.

Hudner, a Fall River, Massachusetts, native and longtime Concord resident, died in November at age 93.

Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor for his efforts during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in 1950. He crash-landed his plane in an unsuccessful effort to save the life of his wingman and friend, Ensign Jesse Brown, the Navy's first black combat pilot.

The selfless act came just two years after the Navy desegregated, according to the U.S. Navy's website

"For the rest of his life, Hudner claimed that the reason he landed to save Brown was because Brown, like all service members, would have done the same for him," the site says.

The U.S. Navy is building a destroyer named in Hudner's honor. 

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