More than 60 years after the fact, an American military veteran is trying to fulfill a promise he made to a dying comrade who had ties to the Pine Belt.
Thomas Hudner told his friend Jesse Brown that he would come back to find him. This after Brown's aircraft was shot down behind enemy lines during the Korean War. Hudner will fly to North Korea -- and is hoping to return to the area his comrade crashed. Hudner was part of a six-plane formation providing air support for U.S. Marines on the ground fighting Chinese troops during the war.
Hudner was wingman to Brown, the first African-American aviator in the U.S. Navy. Brown was born in Hattiesburg in 1926 and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1947. A permanent exhibit detailing Brown's life is on display at the African-American military history museum in Hattiesburg.
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