Event NotebookSeptember 2008 Living History It’s a cliché, of...

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Event Notebook
September 2008

Living History

It’s a cliché, of course, that the past can be brought back and made current—but sometimes even clichés are true.

This September, Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)—a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War—will give a first-hand account of his experience as a fighter pilot in Korea.

In 1950, Lieutenant Hudner was a Naval Air Station at Quonset Point pilot on the aircraft carrier USS Leyte who made a daring attempt to rescue fellow pilot, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, by crash-landing his plane near the spot where Ensign Brown had been shot down during the battle at the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. Ensign Brown did not survive, but Lieutenant Hudner, nonetheless, received the Medal of Honor for his heroic act.

Captain Hudner will present The Korean War and the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir as Seen by a Quonset-based Naval Aviator at Barrington Public Library on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 7:30 PM. The program is free and open to all.

I hope to see you there.

Wil Gregersen
Community Services Librarian

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