Destroyer named after Thomas Hudner, hero who tried to save his African American pilot friend
Naval aviator Thomas Hudner watched helplessly as a fellow fighter pilot's plane turned into a death trap after a crash landing behind enemy lines during the Korean War. The injured pilot was pinned in the cockpit, unable to escape from the burning plane.
The lieutenant did the only thing he could to help: He crash-landed his own plane, climbed out and tried to save his comrade, Ensign Jesse Brown.
"What Tom did is one of the greatest feats of bravery in any war," said Adam Makos, who wrote a book about the aviator called, "Devotion."
Devotion is one of my favorite books, and Makos one of my favorite authors, so as soon as I saw the title of the story I got excited. Here's a good video that talks about that day: