An Evening to Remember - Honoring a True American Hero

Fall River's Heritage State Park
Davol Street
Fall River, MA 02720

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:30pm

Battleship Cove and the USS Thomas Hudner Commissioning Committee will host a reception and speaker's event at Fall River's Heritage State Park. Speakers will include Capt. Thomas G. Kelley, USN (Ret.), and the commanding officer of DDG-116, Cmdr. Nathan W. Scherry USN, and Thomas J. Hudner III. 

The event will begin with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar to be followed by a screening of Captain Hudner's video oral history, and the speaking program. 
Tickets are $35 per person, or $60 per couple, and can be purchased by going to www.battleshipcove.org/programs-and-events, or by calling 508-678-1100 ext. 101.

The keynote speaker of the evening will be Cmdr. David Kohnen PhD, USN, Director of the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research at the Naval War College. He will be on-hand to reflect on the enduring legacy of Tom Hudner and Jesse Brown on Naval heritage, history and culture.  Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, Hudner attended Phillips Academy and the United States Naval Academy. He joined Fighter Squadron 32, flying the F4U Corsair at the outbreak of the Korean War. Arriving near Korea in October 1950, he flew support missions from the aircraft carrier USS Leyte.

On December 4, 1950, Hudner and Ensign Jessie Brown were among a group of pilots on patrol near the Chosin Reservoir when Brown's Corsair was struck by ground fire from Chinese troops and crashed. In an attempt to save Brown from his burning aircraft, Hudner intentionally crash-landed his own aircraft on a snowy mountain in freezing temperatures to help Brown. In spite of these efforts, Brown died of his injuries and Hudner was forced to evacuate, having also been injured in the landing.

Captain Hudner would receive the Medal of Honor in 1951 from President Truman for his selfless act of bravery.