Hudner will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery


(The following press release and photo are provided by the U.S. Navy.)

A Medal of Honor recipient from Concord, Mass., and former commissioner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on April 4.

Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., a naval aviator who passed away Nov. 13, 2017, earned the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. After seeing fellow-aviator Jesse L. Brown of Hattiesburg, Miss. crash in enemy territory and become trapped in his plane, Hudner crash landed his own plane near Brown's in order to render personal assistance. Hudner is also the namesake of a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer the future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) being built in Maine.

During the ceremony, Strike Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32), based at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, will perform the missing man formation flyover. VF-32 is the squadron Hudner flew with at the time he earned the Medal of Honor.

The Navy and Arlington National Cemetery will release still photos and video from the interment ceremony which begins Wednesday at 1 p.m. Though it is our intent to make this imagery available on the same day as the service, we cannot guarantee it will be complete before the afternoon TV news cycle. A soon as the imagery is available, we will send another note to this same distribution list.

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