President Harry S Truman presents Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Thomas J Hudner Jr. at White House in Washington DC.
Washington DC White House Date:1951, April 13 Duration:2 min 11 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Steps leading to White House garden. President Harry S Truman reads the citation and then puts the Medal of Honor on Hudner in Washington DC. President shakes hand with the Lieutenant. Civilian news and still cameramen at work as Medal of Honor is awarded to Hudner. The President posing with Hudner, the latter's parents, and Daisy Brown, the widow of Ensign Jesse Leroy Brown, whose husband was the shipmate of Lieutenant Hudner, whom Hudner was trying to save. Mrs. Brown stands. Hudner wearing medal. Lieutenant shaking hands with Mrs. Brown. Still photograph of Ensign Brown. The plane of Leroy Brown was downed by enemy Chinese fire during the Korean War. Hudner crash landed his own aircraft in an attempt to free Brown from his plane's wreckage, but he was unable to free him from the cockpit where Brown later died. Ensign Jesse Brown was the first African American pilot in the U.S. Navy, and the first U.S. Navy officer killed in the Korean War. Hudner was the first Medal of Honor recipient during the Korean War.
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