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Thomas Jerome Hudner, Jr. Collection

Thomas Jerome Hudner, Jr. Collection

Biographical Information

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Name:
Thomas Jerome Hudner, Jr.
State of Birth:
MA
Home State:
MA
Note
MV03 contains an interview with Gordon Ray Roberts AFC 2001/001/89772.
Gender
Male

War or Conflict
Korean War, 1950-1953
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1943-1973
Entrance into Service
Commissioned
Branch of Service
Navy
Unit of Service
USS Helena (CA 75); VF-32 (Fighter Squadron), USS Leyte (CV 32); Naval Air Advanced Training Command (NAATC); Executive Officer, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63); Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Location of Service
Annapolis, Maryland; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Pensacola, Florida; Corpus Christi, Texas; Lebanon; Korea
Battles/Campaigns
Chosin Reservoir
Highest Rank
Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
No
Service History Note
The veteran earned the Medal of Honor for his service in trying to save the life of Ensign Jesse L. Brown, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War. The veteran attended the Naval Academy and graduated in 1946. The veteran was serving with VF-32 during the Korean War flying F4U-4 Corsair fighters. On 12/04/1950 he crash landed his own aircraft near the Chosin Reservoir to try to rescue Ensign Jesse L. Brown, another VF-32 pilot that had been shot down. Ensign Brown was wounded and pinned in his cockpit by aircraft wreckage. Hudner worked to free the Brown with a small hand ax. He was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman on 04/13/1951.

War or Conflict
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Military Status
Veteran
Entrance into Service
Commissioned
Branch of Service
Navy
Unit of Service
60th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron; Air War College; VF-53 (Fighter Squadron), USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14); VT-24 (Training Squadron); Commander in Chief Pacific Command (CINCPAC)
Location of Service
Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts; Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; North Island, California; Vietnam
Highest Rank
Captain
Prisoner of War
No

View Digital CollectionCollection Information

Type of Resource:
Video: Betacam SP [1 item] -- Oral history interview
Video: Betacam SP [1 item] -- Oral history interview
Video: Betacam SP [1 item] -- Oral history interview
Manuscript: Biographical information [2 items] -- Typewritten document
Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of video recording
Interviewer:
unknown interviewer
Contributor:
Thomas Wilkerson
Contributor Affiliation/Organization:
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOH)
Collection #:
AFC/2001/001/89696
Subjects:
Hudner Jr., Thomas Jerome
Korean War, 1950-1953--Personal Narratives
United States. Navy.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal Narratives
United States. Navy.
Cite as:
Thomas Jerome Hudner, Jr. Collection
(AFC/2001/001/89696), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
 
 

 

Last Edit: 2022-04-18
 

 

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