Medal of Honor winner appears at EAA AirVenture

Korean War vet talks to crowd

The only living naval aviator to receive the Medal of Honor from the Korean War is captivating crowds at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s convention in Oshkosh.

Thomas Hudner Jr. sported his medal Wednesday while signing autographs and shaking hands. The Concord, Mass., native also recounted the day he tried to save his wingman’s life.

He was honored in 1951 for trying to save Ensign Jesse Brown, the Navy’s first black aviator to fly in combat.

Hudner crash-landed his own plane in North Korea after Brown went down. Hudner, now 87, said Brown was pinned in the wreckage and couldn’t be freed. As night fell, Brown asked Hudner to convey his love to Brown’s wife.

Hudner said he would have lived a life of regret if he hadn’t tried to save Brown.