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#4389560 - 11/14/17 04:34 AM Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr. was 93  
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Thomas J. Hudner Jr., 93, war hero and veterans’ affairs commissioner

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One was the son of a Mississippi sharecropper, the other a privileged New England prep school graduate. One died young, a casualty of wartime. The other lived a long life celebrated for its service to country and to championing racial equality.

Navy Ensign Jesse L. Brown and Lieutenant Thomas J. Hudner Jr., who died Monday at age 93, will forever be linked in history by who they were and what they did. On Dec. 4, 1950, the two pilots were near North Korea’s Chosin Reservoir when Brown’s plane was shot down, crash-landing on a snow-packed mountainside. Spotting Brown waving from the cockpit, Mr. Hudner ditched his own plane near Brown’s and attempted to free his friend from the smoking wreckage. He could not and was evacuated by helicopter as darkness descended.

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#4389561 - 11/14/17 04:38 AM Re: Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr. was 93 [Re: F4UDash4]  
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I saw that in a movie.
Mickey Rooney played the helicopter pilot, I forget who played the jet jockey who was shot down.
Good movie.
Not much plot.


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#4389563 - 11/14/17 04:52 AM Re: Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr. was 93 [Re: F4UDash4]  
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I learned of this story many years ago.
Rest in Peace Captain Hudner.
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#4389595 - 11/14/17 12:17 PM Re: Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr. was 93 [Re: F4UDash4]  
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RIP Sir.


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#4389597 - 11/14/17 12:39 PM Re: Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr. was 93 [Re: Murphy]  
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Originally Posted by Murphy
I saw that in a movie.
Mickey Rooney played the helicopter pilot, I forget who played the jet jockey who was shot down.
Good movie.
Not much plot.



It was William Holden in "The Bridges of Toko-Ri", based on the novel by James Michener. I'm not sure that it was based on the IRL story above though as the outcome is different but the gist is similar. The movie also starred Grace Kelly as Holden's wife.

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#4389920 - 11/16/17 05:48 AM Re: Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr. was 93 [Re: F4UDash4]  
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#4390015 - 11/16/17 08:20 PM Re: Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr. was 93 [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Just read the Wiki on the rescue attempt, heartbreaking stuff frown

RIP to both Brown & Hudner

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_L._Brown

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_J._Hudner_Jr.


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